Friday 16 November 2018

This Man's Life: Relativity, Bono and the Christmas attraction of Sammy Sausages...

Barry Egan

Barry Egan

I re-read bits of the Bible recently. I also re-read in its entirety Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Please forgive my heresy on the eve of Christ's birthday but I found the latter more compelling. I love Ebenezer Scrooge's redemptive transformation from miser - whose only joy is money - to humanitarian, who finds salvation in himself, in secular humanism.

I love the way, when travelling through time, that Scrooge remains unaltered while the ghost grows older. It has echoes of Einstein's Theory Of Relativity, 60 years before Albert came up with it.

Forgive me a digression. I love the way Scrooge looks backwards and forwards at his life and death. I also love the way - on U2's new album Songs Of Experience - that Bono interacts with death, life and love, the past, future and present all at once, not least when he sings on Love Is All We Have Left:

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