Bono’s Six Thoughts for 6th Class

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-06-19)

Today was graduation day for the 6th Class who have been home schooling in Ireland. In a message prepared for RTÉ‘s Home School Hub, Bono has contributed six thoughts for sixth class as the kids finish their school year.

The video was broadcast today as part of the final episode of Home School Hub, which has been running daily on RTÉ since April providing lessons for students from primary school children.

Bono’s six thoughts are as follows:

  • “When I was leaving primary school I knew I wanted to be a singer, but I hadn’t the courage to tell anyone. There will always be people who tell you you’re not smart enough, strong enough, talented enough, that you can’t do that thing that you so deeply want to. Avoid them. Because there are going to be people who tell you, ‘You can be anything you want to be, everything you want to be,’ and I’d listen to them. I mean the ones who ignore you, they can have some positives, but let’s avoid them for the moment.”
  • “It goes without saying, you know more than your parents, but they love you more than you will ever know.”
  • “The sound of laughing with someone is so very different than the sound of laughing at someone.”
  • “Trust yourself, trust your own instincts. You will know when something, an act or word, is wrong. And you will also know when you are right.”
  • “Being a friend is hard. Being a good friend, it’s not a chore, but it is something that you have to work on. It might be difficult to imagine now, but you may not have met some of your best friends. Yet.”
  • “Kindness. Yes, be kind. Accept one another. Stand up for others. Celebrate those who might be different, seem different. Not just celebrate them, listen to them, learn from them! Fight for causes that you believe in. Your planet, your country, your community, they all need us as activists, you know. And it’s okay to be angry at injustice, but perhaps start with an act of kindness. That’s sometimes even more challenging.”

All six are streaming now on the RTÉ Player, but are only available to those living in Ireland. The first of the six listed above is available on YouTube to view:

Bono ended his message by wishing the class congratulations, and saying “Over and out from Bono.” The message was aired at 11am on RTÉ 2, on Friday June 19th, and was made available on the RTÉ Player after it had aired. Congratulations to those students finishing classes in Ireland today!

Earlier this month Bono participated in the Dear Class of 2020 special, aimed towards University and High School Graduates in the USA.

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