Friday, July 08, 2005

Cynics like to sit by the fire

Definitely my final word on Sir Bob Geldof and his efforts to raise awareness about world poverty comes from this quote.

‘I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.’

Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever the cynics might say - and they do have plenty to say - Sir Bob is one who is clearly not prepared to spend his life sitting comfortably in the warm next to the fire.

I am not qualified to say what his motives are for doing something and frankly I don’t care if he has made a personal fortune from this – good luck to him - he deserves it.

Isn’t it better to see someone try to do something rather than to spend your life criticizing people’s motives or at worst running them down for simply trying to do something that just might make a difference?

4 comments:

Troy Worman said...

Well said, my friend. It is simply ridiculous how viciously people are attacked for trying to make a difference. I don't understand it. We have a long way to go. With all the advances in technology and medecine, we are still fettered as a species by greed, selfishness, and envy.

Anonymous said...

Hi Trevor,

Just to say that through Sky News and BBC, I had the opportunity to watch part of the celebrations at London (60th anniversary of Victory Day).

What a fantastic celebration, those veterans and teir relatives must feel that their effort and lives is still not forgotten, I even dare to say that only brits can arranje this kind of celebrations.

Carlos

felix gerena said...

Hope you are well Trevor. I´ve heard there was an alarm in Birmingham this weekend.

Trevor Gay said...

Thanks Troy - it is always the 'easy' option to critcise someone else - most people who do that never try to make a real difference - they are content to be 'spectators' all their life - moaning from the sidelines in my opinion.

Carlos - the Brits are second to none in pomp and ceremony - we may not be world champions at football but we can put on a show!

Felix - no problem with the Birmingham false alarm - Annie and I were enjoying an evening garden party when the alert happened - we were about five miles from the centre so we were not affected.