I was just assaulted by the abysmal “Do they know it’s Christmas” song while shopping in Rustans. I am so depressed that the self-serving, platitudinous Live Aid is with us again.
- As an example of the ignorance and hypocrisy of the pop stars who take part in these self-promoting exercises, you need go no further than the Spandau Ballet sax player who unfortunately didn’t quite grasp the concept behind the first Live Aid extravaganza in 1984. Asked to record a personal message, he said “hi” to all their fans in Africa and promised to tour Ethiopia next year. Yup, that’s how deep these stars’ commitment to the cause goes.
- Have you noticed how very few of these saintly pop stars ever contribute any of their own millions to charity? The whole idea is that the money should come from us and the glory should go to them.
- I could almost forgive them if the end result was good music, as for example in the George Harrison inspired “Concert for Bangladesh” in the 1970s. But the snivelingly sentimental “Do they know it’s Christmas?” – Jesus, it has to be one of the worst songs ever. “Feed the world” (but make them vomit first).
- The whole charade of mass grieving (Diana) and mass giving (Live Aid) was brilliantly laid bare by a Civitas publication earlier this year.
Charity should be an essential part of life and everyone who can should be encouraged to give as much as they can. But this public display of virtue is just too much. I’m not in the slightest bit religious, but the beautiful section on charity in 1 Corinthians 13 gets it right. “Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up” – remember that next time you are assaulted by sanctimonious pop stars.
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.