Axver (axver) wrote,

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Entry about today:

- Talked to Kate. A lot.
- Commented on LJ. A lot.
- Ordered U2 stuff from Amazon. A lot.
- Received Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own singles (both CD versions and the DVD) in the mail, FINALLY, and enjoyed them. A lot.
U2 sidenote: You know, other bands are cool, but I doubt many rock groups out there are cool enough to claim to have done songs with people as varied as Pavarotti twice, Frank Sinatra, Roy Orbison, and Johnny Cash.

I have a theory. You shall be exposed to its brilliance. Tomorrow.

Lately, Bono has been discussed in many contexts that are rather unusual for a famous rockstar. I guess it shows that he is no longer being taken as some celebrity trying to make himself look good and now actually respected as a humanitarian activist who happens to front U2 when he's not trying to save lives. He has now been nominated for the Nobel Prize for what I believe is the third year in a row, some are now suggesting he should become the head of the World Bank (a suggestion I oppose not only because it would kill U2, but because it would stifle Bono), and he has also won the inaugural TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize, in which he was allowed to make three wishes.

Most of you will probably write this off. You'll ignore this entry and just move on with your daily life. Well I challenge you to take Bono seriously and do something about his wishes to organise a powerful social movement and utilise the power of technology to change lives. It's remarkable what the power of informing people and organising them into a cohesive and effective movement can do. The One Campaign mentioned in Bono's three wishes is just the US part of the Global Call To Action Against Poverty. It doesn't matter where you live. Doing nothing won't make the horrible statistics go away. Doing something probably won't either, but it will lessen the severity. If it improves just one person's life, then it has succeeded. We can't allow the following to continue to be true:

Every single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty.

That's taken from the UK site of Make Poverty History, and it goes on to state:

This year, 2005, we finally have the resources, knowledge and opportunity to end this shameful situation. In July of this year, 8 world leaders will have it in their power to create the changes which will make poverty history. But they will only use that power if enough people tell them to.

Go tell them. What are you waiting for?

Is anyone actually listening? Is anyone actually acting?

That's my social activism challenge for today. Have a good one, folks.

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