Re: Humble Bono? Give me a break

Robbie Robinson ([email protected])
Fri, 07 Aug 1998 13:34:35 -0700

[email protected] wrote:
> Anyone who thinks Bono has ever been humble is crazy to the "nth
> degree" (If Rob uses that phrase one more time I may go crazy)
> Let's just go back a little before the Joshua Tree years, shall we.
> What lead singer proclaimed very early on in their career that U2
> is destined to be a band along the likes of The Who and The
> Beatles? Why it was humble Bono of course. Forgive me for not
> having the exact quote -- but every critic at the time agreed that
> it was a very arrogant statement -- while also showing tremendous
> ambition.
> You are not the lead singer of the world's biggest rock group
> without being arrogant. I'm sorry.
> And Bono -- give me a break. Any rock star who feels that the
> public actually cares about what his views on politics are and
> sets out to make a difference in the world through rock music --
> has to be arrogant. Has to believe that they are a cut above the
> rest.
> There is nothing wrong with it -- there never has been. During
> the War tour, the JT, Zoo or Popmart. I like arrogant Bono.
> Adding a verse to a Bob Dylan song is arrogant. Waiving a white
> flag and asking legions of fans to cheer along with you is arrogant.
> Etc., Etc, Etc. I'm not going to list any more examples
> because the whole thing is ridiculous -- and I could go on and on
> and on. U2 is a historically arrogant group -- and I wouldn't
> have it any other way.

Right on Tom!
Anyone that becomes the best in their field, no matter what it
is, has to have arrogance. If you don't think what *your* doing
or saying is important, you'd never accomplish great things.
The only thing that keeps a person in that situation sane is
a balance of humility. It's part of the contradiction that U2
loves so much. So, Bono is both very arrogant and very humble.
It's fastastic to watch. I've always considered that one of the
most amazing things about him.

And since she's already been mentioned a few time on the list,
Mother Tereasa was also fantastically humble and arrogant.
You may not agree with the dogma of the Church she was a
member of, but look what that little stick of a woman accomplished.
She had to have had a wild mixture of humblness and arrogance to
even imagine in the beginning that she could ever do what she did.

I suspect that both Bono and Mother Tereasa might have gotten the
sanity-saving humble part of the mixture from their religious
beliefs. It seems to have been/is a very important part of
both their lives.


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