What is it about Michael Jackson that provokes such outrage, even seven years after his death? Why the sneers and distain?
Yesterday I was called a “moron” on social media for questioning the “new evidence” against him. I had to sit back and ponder, yet again, why he was both so beloved and yet perceived as such a terrifying threat.
For a couple years I’ve seen three different ingredients to this threat: his race and his insistence on equality, his expanded human capacity, and his dogged determination to change the world.
I understood that threat in a new way when I read these words by Seth Godin:
The problem with complaining about the system
…is that the system can’t hear you. Only people can.
And the problem is that people in the system are too often swayed to believe that they have no power over the system, that they are merely victims of it, pawns, cogs in a machine bigger than themselves (emphasis mine).
It dawned on me that Michael’s whole life is proof that we do have power over the system. He tried to make us see that. His later work includes Earth Song (tank version), They Don’t Care About Us (This Is It version) and Heal the World, all of which have language or visuals which encourage people to buck the system.
Just days before he died, Michael told his This Is It crew:
“People are always saying, ‘They’ll take care of it, the government will…’ They who? It starts with us. With us! Or else it will never get done.”
Then today, I read these words about Michael by Joe Vogel:
‘His political goals were bigger, and not specific to a particular party or politician. That was too small for Michael. He was speaking to peoples souls, trying to influence people on an individual level.’
On this seventh anniversary of Michael’s death, I invite you to think bigger about change. How can you become less of a pawn and more of a powerhouse? What part of “the change” can you be responsible for? What does your soul long to do? And how can you take one step towards that today, in honor of Michael?
by Keely Meagan