What I Learned From Michael Jackson’s Death

[ أنا تــراني حزامـــــك ساعة الشـده ♥ ]
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I hate to jump on the band wagon.  I’m not just posting this to see my blog stats rise all based on the demise of a celebrity.  I guess this is my Friday rant/vent session.  But it is also a reminder of what I learned today.

First of all, my condolances go out to both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson’s family and friends.  Losing someone you care about is never easy whether it’s anticipated or not.   I can’t imagine how it must feel.   What should be a private moment to mourn you loss being scrutinized and put under media/public attention.

The media frustrates me with the way they run everything into the ground.  These people haven’t even been dead 24 hours.  In Farrah’s case we know what caused her death but in Michael’s case they are just speculating.  Until  all the reports are in no one in the media can say anything with surety.  MOVE ON there is other news to be covered, I don’t need to hear the same 5 sentences repeated a myriad of different ways.  I trust that you will give me the news when you have confirmation – in the meantime report something else instead of rehashing speculations.  But the most frustrating part is those who are not in the know, who are not even privy to the sources the media has trying to comment, judge or even condemn someone.

From what information we have most would hazard a guess that Michael Jackson didn’t have the best of childhoods.  I don’t know how the pressure to perform coupled with the every glaring spotlight would have effected you but I am not that strong.  Yes, some people have had hard lives and are able to move on or even go on to really become an inspiration.  But you know what, some people just aren’t that strong.  Some people don’t have the support system or tools in life to get over their issues.  Does that make them any less worthy of our sympathy?  I for one am not going to sit in judgment of them for not being able to overcome.  You know it’s not my job.  I was raised to believe that job feel to someone else and I wasn’t suppose to try and do his job.

However, all of this crazy professional media (and real people via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Friendfeed and other social media) attention has taught me a reminder.  The next time I see something and start to pass judgement on it, I will think Michael Jackson.  It will be my personal reminder to myself that it is not my place to pass judgement on someone.  I have not walked in their shoes, I have not experienced their life in any way, shape or form, I am not them.  I believe that the universe teaches us lessons for a reason – guess I needed to be reminded of this lesson.  We could all learn from Michael Jackson’s death.  I’m just sorry it took him dying to remind me of my place.

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4 Responses to What I Learned From Michael Jackson’s Death

  1. Cheb Moussa says:

    We regret the great loss of the king of pop Michael Jackson
    Cordial sympathy from Germany

  2. Donna says:

    Nice post, really does make you think twice before judging.

  3. Udaka says:

    TEN TRUTHS ABOUT LIFE – WHAT MICHAEL JACKSON TAUGHT US

    1. Excessive wealth doesn’t bring us happiness.

    2. Life is filled with ups and downs – you may be rich and famous at one point in time, and poor and notorious at another.

    3. No matter how rich or famous you become, you are still very much imperfect, still as human as anyone else.

    4. The physical can never transcend the spiritual, not even the mental. (Read The Tragic End Of Michael Jackson by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245924935526&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull)

    5. We have to help ourselves before others can help us. (Read He Knew by Lisa Marie Presley: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=42291868&blogId=497035326 and Michael Jackson: The Changing Faces of A Pop Superstar by Anita Singh: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/michael-jackson/5650647/Michael-Jackson-the-changing-faces-of-a-pop-superstar.html)

    6. Don’t over-trust celebrities and personalities – they may not be as nice as they appear to be.

    7. Death often comes unexpectedly.

    8. Take good care of your loved ones before it’s too late.

    9. Why fight so hard, when we leave as we came, alone and empty-handed?

    10. In the end, only kindness matters. (Read Thank You Michael Jackson For Your Life Long Charity Work by Katie Mckoy: http://www.examiner.com/x-7230-Atlanta-Special-Needs-Kids-Examiner~y2009m6d25-Thank-You-Michael-Jackson-for-your-life-long-charity-work and Michael Jackson and Philanthropy by Ian Wilhelm: http://philanthropy.com/giveandtake/index.php?id=1099)

  4. Lori Reed says:

    Amen! and my personal lesson in this is to show support and love while someone is alive. The tribute was wonderful but I wonder how that might have impacted him while he was alive.

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