I confess. Bono reminds me of Mrs. Jellyby. Does the name ring a bell?
Do laugh. In The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization Anthony Esolen writes (268):Â Â Â
[Charles] Dickens is savage in his satire against the liberal penchant for â€œhelpingâ€ a faraway and disincarnate Mankind. In Bleakhouse, the tireless solicitor of charitable contributions, Mrs. Jellyby, pesters her fellow citizens to pledge money to assist the natives of Borioboola-Gha, as place as wild as its name, somewhere in the heart of Africa. What are the citizens paying for, you may ask? Why, â€œthe general cultivation of the coffee berry â€“ and the natives â€“ and the happy settlement, on the banks of the African rivers, of our superabundant home population.â€