Ugh, but this Live8 nonsense turns my stomach. The cheap egotism and particularly the delusions of grandeur among the participants really make me want to give these people a good old fashioned attitude adjustment up side the head.
This event had little or nothing to do with helping out poor people, and everything to do with pop singers wanting to think that they are powerful historical figures with messianic powers.
Bob Geldof to the G8 leaders: "Now feel the force of the gale that's hit you."
Look at this photo of Geldof.
He looks like he thinks he's Jesus and Malcolm X all rolled into one.
Riiiiiight. They put on a show, much like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in the old movies- except that they didn't think that a little song and dance made them Christ figures.
That would be as opposed to, say, Chris Martin of Coldplay. Coldplay's Chris Martin announced from the London stage, "[This is] the greatest thing that's ever been organized in the history of the world."
As a student of Nietzsche and Ayn Rand, I'm all in favor of egoism. You should earn it honestly, though. As Nietzsche might say, it makes me sick to my stomach to watch these people lying to themselves and making these big public displays of cheap self-glorification.
Bob Geldof, for example, is a fairly accomplished songwriter, and has to his credit at least one modern standard, "I Don't Like Mondays." That's an outstanding and also a famous song. There's pretty fair honor and bragging rights in that.
But no, that's not good enough. He has to convince himself that he's some kind of prince among men. He's leading a people's uprising against the evil corporations. "Now feel the force of the gale that's hit you."