The Eternal Sunshine of Bono's Mind

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, philosophy professor Michael W. Austin, examines authentic love with a little help from Bono. In a Pyschology Today blog post titled Authentic Love, Kierkegaard and U2, the concept of losing love to find romance is explored.

In the song “A Man and a Woman” from the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Bono confesses that “I could never take a chance, of losing love to find romance, in the mysterious distance, between a man and a woman.” In this song, there are striking parallels with a Kierkegaardian understanding of married love.

5 Responses to The Eternal Sunshine of Bono's Mind

  1. calhouns February 9, 2012 at 6:22 am #

    Thanks for finding this and telling us about it, Rashas. It’s great!

  2. illustrationISM February 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

    GREAT article.
    In this world of
    self(ish) love – it’s good to hear and read
    about real giving love – ‘agape’ love.
    Out of all the (greek) loves – philia, eros, storge and
    agape, agape is the best for fulfillment.

  3. fresno dave February 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    the full original article is here:”We Get to Carry Each Other: U2 and Kierkegaard on Authentic Love,” Philosophy Now 64 :

  4. Kokorimpa February 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Thank you Bono for all the things you make for the people.
    I´m making some homework and I needed an activist and a celebrity and my first idea where you.

    P.S. Nice sunglassess.

  5. mdmomof7 March 3, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Completely captivating and thought provoking. How easy it is to forget that this is what we are called to do, not just by Bono and Kierkegaard, but by Christ via Paul in Corinthians.