Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2, is famous throughout the entertainment industry for being more than just a little self-righteous. At a recent U2 concert in Glasgow, Scotland, he asked the audience for total quiet.
Then, in the silence, he started to slowly clap his hands, once every few seconds. Holding the audience in total silence, he said into the microphone, “Every time I clap my hands, a child in Africa dies.”
From the front of the crowd a voice with a broad Scottish accent pierced the quiet …
“Well, fookin’ stop doin’ it then, ya evil bastard!”
Talking of Bono reminds me. Here’s Jeff Sachs talking about his book “Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet” with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show: