Even Bono Gets It

by Paul Fidalgo

The U2 frontman and world-saver, a man of his own particular religious zeal, knows that God is not a prerequisite for compassion.

Strangely, as we file out of the small stone church into the cruel sun, I think of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, whose now combined fortune is dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty. Agnostics both, I believe. I think of Nelson Mandela, who has spent his life upholding the rights of others. A spiritual man — no doubt. Religious? I’m told he would not describe himself that way.

Not all soul music comes from the church.

Indeed.