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Michael Jackson and his legacy
by Lupie Riley
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Michael Jackson and his legacy


Freelance writer Lupie Riley

July 19, 2009
updated Sept. 15, 2010

Young and old, rich and poor, race or color, educated or commoner, DEATH is no respector of persons--it comes to all of us. It came to Rock icon Michael Jackson. The premature nature of his demise raised questions about the physicians around Jackson that had enabled his dependency on perscription drugs. Hopefully the truth will be revealed and his perpetrators will be brought to justice.

Michael carried a tremendous burden of responsibility upon his shoulders. There were doctors, lawyers, musicians, dancers, technicians, relatives, nannys, maids and countless others that depended on his checks for a living. They basked in the aura of his fame and enjoyed the luxuries his unique talents afforded them. Did they discourage him from going on such a long and exhaustive tour considering his age and health status or had he become a commondity and paycheck to them.

Robbed of his chilhood he tried to regain it through his association with other children. He was a tortured and troubled little boy inside. I believe Michaels downhill slide came in the allegations of child molestation in which I firmly believe he was innocent. Media and journalists pounced on him like vultures at a feeding frenzy all profiting from their stories. Michael could have avoided this agony by using better judgment. He should have made his bedroom off limits and invited parents of the children to stay over with them. Neverland could still be in operation today and the horrendous public humiliation avoided if he had just used common sense. I believe Michael was broken at this point and never did recover from these allegations.

What kind of legacy does he leave the world?

We all leave our personal aroma behind when DEATH calls. What kind of impact are we making on those around us that are watching and imitating our actions? Jackson was a very complex person who was not comfortable in his own skin. Was he telling us that cosmetic surgery is the answer if we don't like who we are? Should our young men start wearing lipstick and take on a feminine appearance? I think not.

Is his legacy in family?

His desire to be a family drove him to creating his own without a mothers involvment, a decision that will have long standing repercussions and numerous legal battles. There is a sadness in Michaels desire to have a 'normal' family. I believe he was a good father to his children and they will always have fond memories of their time together, but there's still a piece of the picture missing--the mother. I believe Michael tried to be the father he didn't have growing up.

Is the legacy in his genius through music and dance which he developed into a style and signiture known worldwide?

What was the message to the youth of America with his crotch grabbing routines and goulish , cultic video's? At times he presented himself as a hard, tough, bad boy and it sold records making him a millionaire several times over. Was the end result worth the trade off ? What was he really about. In news clips I see a very troubled, tortured little boy crying out for love and affirmation. Someone whose childhood was taken from him at a very early age. Dad's everywhere should take notice. How often do you tell your son you love him ? Are you trying to relive your dreams through your son ? Do you give him assurances that he is a good person with many talents and your proud of who he is ? How many of us are on the same quest Jackson was on, searching for love, family, purpose. Will you find it before DEATH comes calling? You could be from a broken home or alone without family connections, possibly living in poverty and abuse. You can still find what Jackson desired most in his life while your still alive and breathing. It's through forgiveness, the healing balm for what ails you. Out of all the religions and leaders in the world there is only one God/man that provides that balm. He paid the price for all our mistakes and bad actions and offers us all a new start with a clean slate. We can start fresh without condemnation or guilt. He gives us a plan for our lives. Psalms 139:16, Titus 3:4-8, Heb 10:18-21, II Cor 5:17-21

Is Michaels legacy in his faith ?

This was always a cloudy picture as he made several attempts during his lifetime to connect to several religions but never firmly established to any particular one to my knowledge. The family affiliations were made known by his brother Germaine in a TV interview with his referance to the Muslim Allah. However, we do not know if Michael adhered to the Muslim faith. There is no connection between the Muslim Allah and the Christian Jehovah. They are two seperate dieties. Todays politically correct thinkers, New Agers and Muslims try to equate the two as the same God in preparation for the coming Global One World religion but they are two seperate ideologies and deitys. In the Christian faith Christ is the ony way, truth and life, no one can come to the Father (Jehovah) except through Christ. Christians believe there is only one straight and narrow path that leads to God, not many paths. Can Michaels faith lead us to the one true God? That's debatable.

What Michael Jacksons legacy does reveal is the ultimate fate of someone who was desperately searching for love, family and purpose. Even though he had his fame and wealth, he had a hole in his heart that needed to be filled with God's love. Money and power do not fill this void, it's reserved only for Christ. Michael did leave some valuable lessons behind that can change our lives and maybe this was his mission. God will be the judge of his final destination.

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