“Each artist makes the world his or her own, and in doing so, elevates it. And, in doing that, elevates us.
(taken from the film) ” WORDS AND PICTURES”
“In the scheme of things, Michael Jackson’s legacy is not defined by the ones who attempt to take him down, but, by how he remained standing.”
“What wound does ever heal but by degrees.”
If Buddha is right and “we do not learn by experience but by our capacity for experience,” then, our endurance has once again been tested. The way we see the world comes out in our choices, our actions and our words…our resolve either weakened or strengthened. It is so easy to be drawn in by bullies. They are loud and spew venomous words that raise our temperatures. Bullies are well-practiced in pushing the right buttons, their unimaginative strategies, tedious. We have heard it all before. Uneducated and refusing to change, they doggedly hang on to old arguments and use inaccuracies and lies as fuel. In Alexander Pope’s words, “Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon.”
Our great good fortune is that we come together because we have the truth, and with that truth, we have a future. Through Michael, we are a community called to reach out to the world as we continue to deliver Michael’s messages. Our energies, not devoted to hate or destruction, follow Michael…who knew the way, traveled the way, and showed us the way. Having studied Michael’s life and legacy, our memories are a net inspired by Michael’s example…WHO SAVES A LIFE SAVES THE WHOLE WORLD. David Nordahl clearly stated a truth when he said that Michael wasn’t a ME kind of guy. He was always thinking about others. That said, we clearly do not have time for destruction and hate. There is too much to be done.
Michael’s talent and fire as an artist have taken us places we have never been before, giving us the larger view. His gifts and talents, energies and vision make us feel our best, make us want to be our best. No amount of hating or bullying can ever achieve that.
Activism is a part of reaching for justice, working toward equality and fairness, demanding ethics and accountability. The unlawful, unethical, unprofessional actions that came together in an attempt to destroy Michael Jackson are public knowledge. That history cannot be forgotten, nor repeated.
Speaking of Tom Sneddon…”He abused the legal system, committed perjury, paid off witnesses, cost Santa Barbara County millions of taxpayers dollars. He abused the spirit, legacy and personal property of an artist and humanitarian.”
“Michael Jackson was shrewd and audacious enough to invest his capital into the white man’s game of music publishing. A very young and uniquely influential Black man suddenly became perceived by the establishment as one who was getting disconcertingly above his station.
Sneddon has cynically and relentlessly attempted to systematically annihilate Michael Jackson. He had written to the FBI asking them to convict Michael under the Mann Act…a law created in 1910 to entrap boxer, Jack Johnson in 1912, for what are now regarded as racially-motivated reasons. The FBI disagreed, despite LAPD being enthusiastic about this line of inquiry.
TS oversaw a successful change in the law that enabled him to resume his baseless chasing of Michael in 2005.
(Sneddon…[nothing more] than a footnote in the epic cultural event that was the life and career of Michael Jackson.)
excerpts from “A Cold Man: An Article on the Death of Michael Jackson’s Arch Nemesis” Sylmortilla
“When Michael died, the world came to a halt. News broadcasts were interrupted, traffic came to a standstill, and people left their homes and took to the streets as if pulled by some invisible force, or maybe just a desperate need for support and togetherness. They grabbed sheets of cardboard to craft signs of love or placed balloons and flowers at locations he had visited. Many lit candles in front of framed photos in their living rooms, and celebrities, world leaders, and ordinary people alike poured their hearts out…shock, disbelief, pain…Michael Jackson? Dead…gone forever. In all countries, on all continents, people mourned his passing. No matter race, creed, social status, ethnicity or origin, people were joined in the process of missing him. This is the impact Michael Jackson had on the world.
[T.S. You were here and you are not. That’s it. It’s not making a difference.] And, in the end, I want to thank you. I want to thank you because through your actions, your callousness, and your hate, you have shown me exactly who I do not want to be.
I choose kindness, forgiveness, serenity and compassion, and most of all, I choose love every single time. MICHAEL TAUGHT ME THAT.”
THEY WANT TO GET MY ASS DEAD OR ALIVE
YOU KNOW HE REALLY TRIED TO TAKE ME DOWN BY SURPRISE
I BET HE MISSIONED WITH THE CIA
HE DON’T DO HALF WHAT HE SAY
HE’LL STOP AT NOTHING JUST TO GET HIS POLITICAL SAY
HE THINKS HE’S BAD CUZ HE’S BSTA
I BET HE NEVER HAD A SOCIAL LIFE ANYWAY
YOU THINK HE’S BROTHERS WITH THE KKK
I BET HIS MOTHER NEVER TAUGHT HIM RIGHT ANYWAY
HE WANTS YOUR VOTE JUST TO REMAIN TA
HE DON’T DO HALF WHAT HE SAY
DOES HE SEND LETTERS TO THE FBI
DID HE SAY TO EITHER DO IT OR DIE?
Social Justice, equality, ethics, professionalism, fairness…Michael Jackson put his frustrations with the world’s problems into his music, his dance. He called us all to action. Critics, bullies and the media tried to convince the public that Michael’s messages were either ridiculously simple-minded or self-serving…historically getting it wrong over and over again. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is that truth is in the hands of masses of people. Relying on an uninformed and ignorant world population isn’t working anymore. The NEW MEDIA is enlightened with the truth.
The degrees of healing continue as wounds heal. We are elevated by Michael’s life and legacy. We love deeply because he loved us first. He has taught us that those who bully and hate will continue to twist and turn things into lies. He taught us that if you tell a lie often enough, it will be believed. He taught us to see the larger view. When people feel good about themselves, they are good to one another. He taught us the power of the people coming together as ONE VOICE for change. He told us to always remember the children. He taught us to cry out for one another. He taught us to listen to the earth. With great pain and struggle, he taught us how to bravely live…forgiving, not hating. We know from Michael that there is much to be done. LOVE IS THE ANSWER AS WE GO FORWARD TO CHANGE THE WORLD.
Thank you, Michael, for being the truth.
I love you, Michael.
I love you all.
Thank you for another wise commentary on Michael. He, indeed, was THE TRUTH!
I don’t know another human who came up to the standard he set for himself…both artistically and personally. What an artist…and what a man! For me, he will always be here. Love you, Michael!!!
Thanx so much, another brilliantly written article. LOVE LIVES FOREVERxxoo
This is such a marvelous article and tells us WHO Michael was! The world is better for his having been here. Thank you, Jude, for reminding everyone of that!
This is the last day of 2017…A new year begins tomorrow…Alas, Michael is not on this earth to witness it…but I always feel he is here, if not in the flesh, then in spirit. I was speaking about him to a friend this morning…who had said..”that fellow is so talented!” Yes…he was…and much much more. What an artist, and such a fabulous human being…I don’t forget all he did for me, and for others! I loved him so much…and still do, as a matter of fact. Bless you…dearest Michael!!!