ENOUGH ROPE with Andrew Denton – Transcript: Bono: “ANDREW DENTON: As a man of faith, when you look at Africa, what’s your concept of a working God?
BONO: Look on the God thing I have to be really careful because I’m not a very good advertisement and so I don’t want to sit there and say, ‘I’m a man of faith,’ Yes, I am, I just can’t. I recently read in one of St Paul’s letters where it describes all of the fruits of the spirit, and I had none of them.
ANDREW DENTON: You fulfil a Christian ideal.
BONO: No, I don’t think so. All the commandments I’ve broken and the ones I haven’t I’ve probably wanted to. But that said, I do have a faith and it is challenged on a daily basis by what I see in Africa. Yes, and yet more than that I have a sense that really people are the problem. We’re the problem, really. God gets a lot of bad press. The tsunami was very eloquent in a way, the response. There’s a natural disaster, this awful misnomer, Mother Nature, it’s just dreadful. But in Africa you have an avoidable catastrophe of tsunami proportions every week. So we have the technology, we have the resources, we have the resources if we have the will.
So I’ve gone through my shouting at God, I’ve gone through my angry phase but I finally end up looking at my own indolence and fighting with it, an indifference. Because I have it, too. And I feel that I’m not alone in this. I feel there’s a generation of people. I kind of realised this isn’t something we can really blame God for. This is about us, really. So that’s where I am on it.”