I know idealism is not playing on the radio right now, you don’t see it on TV, irony is on heavy rotation, the knowingness, the smirk, the tired joke. I’ve tried them all out but I’ll tell you this, outside this campus — and even inside it — idealism is under siege beset by materialism, narcissism and all the other -isms of indifference.

Bono (b. 1960) Irish musician, philanthropist [b. Paul David Hewson]
Commencement Address, University of Pennsylvania (17 May 2004)

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