Bono posted a transcription of his remarks (or watch video) at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. OK. Hold it there a second. Bono was speaking at the NPB? President Bush was there along with lots of members of Congress, shop other political leaders and, prescription of course, viagra religious leaders. So, what the heck was Bono doing at this event let alone speaking?
Then I read his speech. I was inspired. Now I understand why. Bono is very self-deprecating about this privileged lifestyle and he uses humor to set people at ease. Bono demonstrates the ability to connect with people from lots of backgrounds. He reminds us that he grew up with a Protestant mother and a Catholic father … in Ireland. He smiles out loud about the diverse group of people who are turning their hearts and attention to the “least of them.”
He calls us beyond charity to justice and equality. He reminds us about how equality is such a hard thing for us to address as the job is never done.
He praises the President for his increases in support for defeating poverty in Africa. And then he reminds us that the job is far from done. Then he focuses on a very simple ask … 1% more of government budget to be spent on defeating poverty … a tithe of a tithe.
I continue to learn from Bono on how to approach the complex challenge of defeating poverty.