Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bono's Remembrance

"I was not old enough to remember the sacrifices of the great generation who saved Europe in the Second World War, or to quite comprehend what was going on in Vietnam. But what I do remember, and cannot forget, is watching a man walk on the moon in 1969 and thinking here is a nation that finds joy in the impossible. The Irish saw the Kennedys as our own royal family out on loan to America. A million of them turned out on J.F.K.’s homecoming to see these patrician public servants who, despite their station, had no patience for the status quo. I remember Bobby’s rolled-up sleeves, Jack’s jutted jaw and the message — a call to action — that the world didn’t have to be the way it was. Science and faith had found a perfect rhyme."


  1. Interesting example of national pride. In a little island like Irland national pride seems to be even bigger than elsewhere. In the same moment it seems little and sweet like the Island. But do not forget that those people are - together with basques and palistinians - the most brutal during the last decades. And I say this as someone who is fundamentally a supporter of national pride. Our best and our worst very often are intertwined.

    Kennedy up to now was the only catholic president of the USA. Bono's words are indeed similar to Pope Woytila's words, who called faith and science the two wings which enable us to fly

  2. Kennedy's sex life reminds either the sexual mores of catholic countries. Not of Irland however, the irish catholic mentality is said to be very influenced by the Puritans. But I do not know if this is true.