posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 10:00 AM
I really don't want to continue the whole discussion about Michael Jackson as we read of him in the media, as it will derail the thread, but I will
just say this;
I think he was a product of his upbringing, and had to contend with a feeling of not belonging all his life. I also hold the opinion that the
accusations leveled at him were designed by an agenda that knowingly took advantage of the man's idiosyncrasies.
The persona we saw in public most probably wasn’t him, it was an act. His music seemed to be deeply personal, replete with meaning to those who
wanted to find meaning, and he is an artist that I regularly rediscover every time I hear one of his records. I was as shocked when he died as was his
most ardent fan.
Now, the video…
Every time I see it, I cry. Don’t ask me why, as I don’t know. It can be described as being contrived to the extent it deliberately manipulates
the emotions, maybe that’s why it affects me.
But perhaps there’s something we are overlooking.
Its imagery and story connects on many levels; there is a simple and deeply underlying concept in it that appeals to each and every decent human being
who is sick of the way a small proportion of our species is treating our planet.
We see people starving, killing each other, killing animals for greed, destroying the environment we all live in for money and commercialism.
And then along comes an unseen and unidentified force that sweeps the globe, rewinding the clock, righting wrongs and bring the dead back to life.
A force that saves us from ourselves.
Coupled with Jackson’s iconic dancing, wherein he stamps and sings with an angry passion, that and the way he holds on to the trees in an arms
spread wide – crucifixion style – and is filmed against a black and tempestuous sky, can we imagine that the message here, the one that strikes
such a chord, is that we need a saviour – someone of power and conviction - to release us from the cycle of destruction we are in?
Just an idea.