Why I am inspired by Michael Jackson
"I think entertainers are in a position today to change a lot about certain things, especially young people's minds."
~ Michael Jackson
Besides being one of the worlds best entertainers, Michael Jackson was
always trying to teach very important messages and philosophies. Michael
Jackson was very respecting of his position as a role model for so many
young people. While most adults loose touch with their inner child,
Michael always knew how important it was to keep his inner child alive.
Michael had a genuine love for people and humanity and always felt
compelled to help people, but especially children. He believed that
children should be the focus, because children are the future. When he
was asked "What is your philosophy for staying at the top?", he
responded, "Well, I think being humble, believing in yourself
and having true love in your heart for the world and really trying to
help people through lyrics and the love of music and dance, because I
truly do love people, very much."
"I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. He said, continue to love... always love."
~ Michael Jackson
Some of Michael Jackson's most well known songs were songs which
promoted the idea of improving the world, and yourself. In his song
"Heal the world", he shows his deep sense of kindness towards people and
his compassion for human suffering. Michael was on a mission to fight
indifference, and get people to reconnect with their empathy for other
people in the world less fortunate than themselves. He understood that
we are all connected, and what hurts one human soul on the other side of
the world, in turn hurts your own. Michael had a perfectionist type of
attitude towards the world, and wouldn't be satisfied until everyone
could live in peace. He was tired of the hatred. He was tired of the
children needlessly suffering. We was tired of greedy corporations
putting profit over people. He was tired of the racism and
prejudice. He just simply wished that people would behave ethically and
treat others how they would want to be treated. Because Michael tried
very hard to keep his inner child alive, he knew the importance of the
imagination and staying open to all the possibilities in life.
||"I love E. T. 'cos it reminds me of me.
Someone from another world coming down and you becoming friends with them and this person is, like,
800 years old and he's filling you with all kinds of wisdom and he can teach you to fly. That
whole fantasy thing which I think is great. I mean, who don't wanna fly?"
~ Michael Jackson
Messages In His Music Overview:
We are The World.................................(making the world better)
Heal The World ......................................(making the world better)
Man In The Mirror...................................(self-improvement, making the world better)
They Don't Really Care about us..........(police brutality, questioning authority)
We've Had Enough................................(anti war)
Black or White........................................(anti-racism)
Can You Feel It......................................(non prejudice, loving one another, anti-war)
Why You Wanna Trip On Me.................(problems in the world)
Shout.......................................................(problems in the world)
Keep The Faith......................................(Self-improvement, believing in yourself, following your dreams)
Beat It......................................................(avoiding danger, non-violence)
Money.....................................................(anti-greed, against living for money)
Little Susie.............................................(Sexual abuse, Child abuse, Empathy)
Tabloid Junkie.......................................(not trusting the tabloids)
Bad.........................................................(Changing the the world)
connectedness of all people, changing the world if we work together,
Do You Know Where
Your Children Are................................(Child Prostitution, sexual abuse)
The Lost Children.................................(Missing Children)
Leave Me Alone...................................(Fighting for what you believe in)
What More Can I Give.........................(Helping people in the world)
There Must Be More
To Life Than This .................................(anti war, world peace, human rights)
We Are Here To Change The World..(making the world a better place)
Heal The World
Lyrics from "Heal the World":
Heal the world, make it a better place...
For you and for me and the entire human race.
There are people dying, but if you care enough for the living,
make a better place for you and for me.
We Could Really Get There
If You Cared Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
To Make A Better Place...
We Could Really Get There
If You Cared Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
To Make A Better Place...
[FULL LYRICS] [WATCH VIDEO]
song "Man in the Mirror", was all about the philosophy of
self-examination and self-improvement. It's about being honest with
yourself and coming to terms with areas in your life that you could
be doing more to help other people, and ultimately yourself.
Michael Jackson had a clear message when it came to making the world a
better pace. Focus on changing yourself for the better before you blame
others. He was very much against being a hypocrite in your judgments of
others. Michael understood that If you are going to judge others, you
should first make sure that you are not guilty of the same thing.
When asked the meaning of the the song he stated:
"That's my philosophy... If you want to make the world a
better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change. People
don't look at themselves honestly. They don't look at themselves
and point the finger. It's always the other guy's fault. You
should change yourself. Look at yourself, make better of yourself...
I'm never totally satisfied, I always wish the world could be a
Man in The Mirror
Lyrics from "Man in the Mirror":
I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change...
I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not
[FULL LYRICS] [WATCH VIDEO]
Michael Jackson on appreciated the contributions of others that tried to make the world a better place:
"I love people who have really contributed to the pleasure and
happiness of the planet and mankind, people with light, from Walt
Disney, to Ghandi, to Edison, to Martin Luther King. These are people
with light, people who really cared about children, bringing families
together, and love. That's what I try to say in my music and in my
Lyrics from "Can You Feel It" :
All the colors of the world should be
Lovin each other wholeheartedly
Yes, its all right
Take my message to your brother and tell him twice
Spread the word and try to teach the man
Who is hating his brother,
When hate wont do, hoo
cuz were all the same,
yes the blood inside of me is inside of you
Jackson believed in self-improvement
never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I
am." ~ Michael Jackson
idea of self-improvement and improving the world go hand in hand
because they are one in the same. Michael Jackson was a perfectionist
when it came to his art, because he cared so much about helping
people and making the world a better place. The more you love people
and want to help them, the more of a perfectionist mindset you will
have, because you will want to create something that will speak to
their hearts and influence them in a positive way, so that they too
will begin to change themselves and the world. Michael was the master
at creating music that spoke to people on a deep level which caused
them to self-reflect and examine their lives, and make positive
book Moonwalker, he stated: "I'm a perfectionist by nature. I
like things to be the best they can be. I want people to hear or
watch something I've done and feel that I've given it everything I've
give my all in my work, 'cause I want it to just live and give all
that I have, you know, and it has to be that way". [interview with Ebony Magazine]
When asked what makes him angry:
"I believe in perfection. I try to create that in everything we do.
We never seem to totally get there but I believe in perfect execution
and when we don't get at least 99.9 percent I get really upset."
believe in the Bible and I try to follow the Bible. I know I'm an
imperfect person... I'm not making myself an angel because I'm
not an angel and I'm not a devil either. I try to be the best I can
and I try to do what I think is right. It's that simple...I don't
just pray at night. I pray at different times during the day.
Whenever I see something beautiful, I say, "Oh, God, that's
beautiful." I say little prayers like that all through the day."
[1979 JET Magazine]
shows that Michael Jackson lived by the philosophy of following your
conscience and trying to do your best and improve yourself.
His work ethic and putting perfection in his work
when asked his life purpose:
"I think...to give. In the best way I can, through song and through
dance and through music. I mean, I am committed to my art. I believe
that all art has as it's ultimate goal the union between the material
and the spiritual, the human and the divine. I believe that to be the
reason for the very existence of art. And I feel I was chosen as an
instrument to just give music and love and harmony to the world. To
children of all ages, and adults and teenagers.... I love people of all
races from my heart, with true affection."
the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those
you love and work hard. I mean, work like there's no tomorrow. Train.
Strive. I mean, really train and cultivate your talent to the highest
degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field
than anybody alive. Use
the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a
body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what
I've always tried to remember. I thought about it a lot on the
Jackson believed in standing up for what you believe in
Every choice we make in life is very important and shouldn't be taken
lightly. Fighting for what is right, standing your ground and
following your conscience, will allow you to be happy with yourself
at the end each day. If you're ever treated unfairly, it's how you
react to it that matters. If you let your enemy cause you to do evil,
they have won. Michael Jackson believed in that. "Sometimes when
you're treated unfairly it makes you stronger and more determined. I
admire that kind of strength. People who have it take a stand and put
their blood and soul into what they believe."
| Lyrics from "Leave Me Alone":
Cause there's a time when you're right
And you know you must fight...
And there's a choice that we make,
And a choice you must take...
[FULL LYRICS] [WATCH VIDEO]
Jackson was inspired by Jesus, children and child-like innocence
Michael Jackson's most significant philosophies was his philosophy
of the importance of keeping your childlike innocence and loving
others. Michael Jackson had a humble spirit and realized how
important it is to stay in touch with your child-like qualities as an
adult. Michael Jackson was an avid reader of the bible, and was
deeply influenced by the teachings of Jesus.
trying to imitate Jesus in the fact that he said to be like children,
to love children, to be as pure as children and to make yourself as
innocent and to see the world through eyes of wonderment and the
whole magical quality of it all."
the Bible says. A child should be leader of them all, and to be led
by that kind of innocence. Didn't Jesus say 'bring on the children?'
Be like the children. Not childish, but child-like. That kind of
will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to. He
said, continue to love... always love. Bring on the children. Imitate
the children. Not childish but child-like."
said to love the children and be like children. Be youthful and be
innocent and be pure and honorable... He was talking to his apostles.
And they were fighting over who was the greatest among themselves,
and he said, 'Whoever humbles yourself like this child is the
greatest among me.' And he always surrounded himself with children,
and that's how I was raised, to be like that and to imitate that."
"Love. Children are loving, they don't gossip, they don't complain,
they're just open-hearted. They're ready for you. They don't judge. They
don't see things by way of color. They're very child-like. That's the
problem with adults: they lose that child-like quality."
more we cultivate little adults in kids' bodies, the more removed we
ourselves become from our own child-like qualities, and there is so
much about being a child that is worth retaining in adult life."
[2001, Oxford Speech]
crazy about them. It is the innocence they have; they are the way I
wish the world really was, because they are not phoney and they don't
know prejudice. Prejudice is taught. If the world were full of only
children, it would be a much better place......"I've always
been totally crazy about children. I feel that they are more than
just children; that they are all little geniuses and that they have a
secret all of their own. A secret that they cannot always
express....I studied child psychology because of my love for children
- all over the world.....If a kid doesn't like you, he'll tell
you. But adults pretend and put on phoney ways. I wish the world
could be full of children!"
able to give back is what made Michael Jackson happy.
would like to thank all of the children of the world, including the
sick and deprived. I am so sensitive to your pain." ~ Michael
was extremely upset by stories of children being hurt. He was always
writing songs to appeal to peoples emotions and sense of empathy for
human life. One example is his song "Little Susie" [Lyrics] [Videos], inspired by a
true story... Michael Jackson had a tough childhood, was
abused by his father, and missed out on many typical childhood
experiences. This caused Michael Jackson to have a deep empathy with
children and how important it is to have a good childhood filled with
love, playfulness, and magic. Michael Jackson understood that
children are the future. His lack of childhood caused him to be very
sad for a long time, but he was able to remedy his sadness by helping
others. Oprah asked him: "Are you really happy now because you seemed
sad for a long time..." Michael replied: "I was sad for years and
years and years but I'm happy, I'm getting there, yes, I'm very
happy." Oprah: "And what's made you happier?"
Michael: "Being able to give back and to help people. Heal The
World Foundation which I've formed, which helps children and healing
and the world..." Michael is a
shining example of how people can be made happier by helping others.
Michael helped terminally ill children all the time by allowing them
to come to his ranch: "And we'll have like a hundred bald
headed children, they all have cancer, and they're all running
around. And they are enjoying themselves and it makes me cry happy
tears that I was able to do this for them. It makes me so pleased
inside." Michael Jackson
wanted to give children the childhood that he never had: "We
have a magic show, we show the current films, there's cartoons,
anything so that they can escape to that world of magic that they
don't have a chance to experience, the world I was deprived of when I
was little." Michael Jackson
believed in the power of hope and love, for healing sick children:
"With just a little love and a little caring, I have
seen kids totally
turn around. Where you can't find any cancer at
all anymore in their body. I've done it a lot of times. I'm not
trying to say I'm Jesus Christ. We should just give a little more
attention to the power of love and caring and faith and prayer."
Michael Jackson on how he related to Princess Diana:
"She was just a wonderful, warm, compassionate, person... very caring,
very caring. It was real. It wasn't a publicity... stunt. It was real. She
really cared. I'm the same way. If feel the same way that she does
about children and the future of our children and the future of the
Michael understood that helping others is really the same as helping
yourself... Because, when you help others, you are increasing your
own sense of self-worth and you begin to love yourself more. Simply
put, helping others makes you feel better about yourself. Although
Michael contributed so much with his music, and did so much for
children and to make the world better, he was never satisfied and
always wanted to do more and give more of himself... Michael knew how
good it made him feel to live a life devoted to serving and helping
others and wanted his fans to have the same feeling.
Lyrics from "Man in the Mirror":
I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right
traveled the world over 8 times. I do as many hospitals and
orphanages as I do concerts. But, of course, it's not covered (by
the press). That's not why I do it, for coverage. I do it because
it's from my heart. And there are so many children in the city who
haven't seen the mountains, who haven't been on a carousel, who
haven't pet a horse or a llama, never seen them, so if I can open
my gates and see that bliss, an explosion of screaming laughter from
the children and they run on the rides, I say "Thank you, God."
I feel I've won God's smile of approval, because I'm doing
something that brings joy and happiness to other people."
Michael Jackson on what he wanted to be remembered by and his legacy:
"Helping - especially children."
Jackson understood that children are the future
truly care about children, and about the future for our children. I'm
a little frightened about what the future is going to bring. I truly,
truly love them and care about them. I will always help them." ~ Michael Jackson
go on tour, I visit hospitals, terminally ill children. At my ranch
at Neverland, we have many terminally ill children as our guests. We
do this every few weeks. You do it because you truly love them and
you care." ~ Michael Jackson
| We Are The World
|Lyrics from "We Are The World":
There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can't go on
Pretneding day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me
[FULL LYRICS] [WATCH VIDEO] [WATCH OLD VERSION]
Jackson understood the value of good parenting and a strong family
realize that many of our world's problems today from the inner city
crime to large scale wars and terrorism and our overcrowded prisons
are a result of the fact that children have had their childhoods
stolen from them."
shapes people into who they will become as adults. When something
traumatic happens to a child, or when a child feels unloved for any
reason, it can deeply scar them and drive them into self destructive
behavior as an adult. The feeling of lack of love can leave and empty
void that people spend their entire lives trying to fill.
"If you don't have that memory of being loved, you are condemned to
search the world for something to fill you up. But no matter how much
money you make or how famous you become, you will still feel empty." ~ Michael Jackson
just very sensitive to their pain and I am very sensitive to the
family, the human condition, you know? On that subject, it means a
lot to me and I want to help. Whatever I can to help that.....
Everything, in my heart, is for them." ~ Michael Jackson
never had a childhood. When they're in pain, I feel their pain. And
when they're in despair, I feel their despair. I have such concern
about the plight and the state of our children today. If there was
one day where kids could get with parents and bond, this would make
such a difference...."[2001
online audio chat]
childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas,
there was no birthdays. It was not a normal childhood. No normal
pleasures of childhood. Those were exchanged for hard work, struggle
and pain, and eventual material and professional success. But as an
awful price, I cannot recreate that part of my life, nor would I
change any part of my life.
would love to see a children's festival, to hear children's
choirs, pretty much present when I come to different countries,
singing some of their favorite songs of mine. We should forge and
create a children's day, a celebration internationally, where
children are honored. Where parents can take their children to the
movies or to the toy store or to the park. And, that, alone, will
create a bonding. Because the family bond has been broken. They don't
eat with their children or speak to their children much anymore, or
mother their children.... We have Mother's day, Father's Day -
no Children's Day. And I would love.... to see them sing songs, or
a parade or something. I would love that.....I've always done that,
yes..... I've done it all my career: "Heal The World",
"We Are The World"; "Will You Be There", "Man
In The Mirror", about the planet, earth songs..... because
that's where my heart is. I care. My biggest dream is to have a
Children's Day, where children can bond with their parents."
Even though Michael Jackson's childhood was lacking in normal
childhood pleasures, he wouldn't have changed a thing about it,
because he knew that it was that hardship that made him the person he
was... It caused him to be an extremely empathetic person. Sometimes
the hardest, most difficult times in our lives are really a blessing
in disguise, because they can shape us into stronger, better people,
if we allow ourselves to grow positively instead of negativity.
Michael is the perfect example of this. No matter what bad things
happen to you in life, you should always learn from it and use to
grow and make yourself a better person.
Jackson was an amazing father
since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever
imagine. And I just want to say that I love him so much." ~
want to be the best father in the world of course."~ Michael
kinda felt like no one would understand what a good father he was...
Like I would say that he was like the best cook ever... He was just a
normal dad, except for I'd say that he was the best dad ever." ~
was sensitive to the needs of children and to the importance of the
family bond. Michael Jackson always held the idea of family in high
regard. He knew first hand how important childhood was, and the
damage that could be done, if children weren't given the
opportunity to be kids. Later in life he became a father to 3
children, whom he loved very much. From their testimony, it's not
hard to believe he was an outstanding father. A moment that I can
never forget is when his daughter, Paris Jackson spoke at his
memorial. It really just confirmed in my mind how great of a parent
he must have been. [ watch Paris Jackson at memorial]
is no miracle in life that compares with watching your child come
into the world. I love family life....everything about it. I want
them to grow up being surrounded by love and by family."
"I do think that marriage can be a wonderful thing if it's right for the
two people involved. I believe in love - very much so - how can you not
believe after you'v experienced it? I believe in relationships. One day
I know I'll find the right woman and get married myself. I often look
forward to having children; in fact, it would be nice to have a big
family, since I come from such a large one myself. In my fantasy about
having a large family, I imagine myself with thirteen children." [his
don't even eat with their fathers anymore, or their mothers. The
family bond has been broken, it's an outcry for attention, why are
kids going to school with guns... They want love, they want to be
touched, they want to be held, but they're busy off on their day job
and they leave them at home on the computer and they're just doing
all kinds of crazy stuff. And that's destroying our world! We need to
bond again, that's very important." [Living
with Michael Jackson documentary]
of the things that made Michael Jackson such a great father was his
ability to humble himself to the level of a child. He was able to be
on their level and learn from them, and just be their friend, like he
was their age... Many adults will treat their kids like little inferiors.
Michael was not that way at all.
On what he has learned from his children:
"A lot. (Parenthood) reminds you to do what the Bible has always
taught us. When the apostles were arguing among themselves over who was
the greatest in Jesus' eyes, he said, "None of you", and called over a
little boy and said, "Until you humble yourself like this child." It
reminds you to be kind and humble and to see things through the eyes of
children with a childlike wonderment. I still have that. I'm still
fascinated by the clouds and the sunset. I was making wishes on the
rainbow yesterday. I saw the meteor shower. I made a wish every time I
saw a shooting star."
hard to put in words, because they mean everything. They're the
world for me. I wake up and I'm ready for the day because of them.
I get them breakfast, I change diapers, if they want to read, we do a
lot of reading, we play hide and seek, we play blind fold, and I have
a wonderful time with them.
love music...they are very much into the arts. But I don't push
them. I am letting them enjoy their childhood as much as possible. I
really do. I let them go to the arcade and get out and go to the
movies and do things. I think that comes naturally. You know, I want
them to get to do the kind of things I didn't get to do. So I fill
them with a lot of enjoyment that way - a lot of amusement. You
know? I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time;
when they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy and
they are running. It makes me emotional, cause I see they are having
a real good time."
Jackson had a deep respect for all life
Michael Jackson on the values he was raised with as a child:
"Caring. And reading the Bible, learning about God, Jesus, love. He
said, 'Bring on the children', 'Imitate the children', 'Be like the
children' and 'Take care
of others.' Take care of old people. And we were raised with those values. Those are very important values and my family and I we were raised with those values and they continue strong in us today."
Jackson had an extremely empathetic nature and was constantly growing
that part of his being, and not letting it die. Michael Jackson had
cared deeply about animal rights, and human rights. During one of his
concerts, he called a security guard to remove a little bug from the
stage so it wouldn't be accidentally stepped on:"Security! Can
you get this bug... I don't want anyone to step on this bug." A
security then walks onto the stage and picks up the bug. Then Michael
said: "Don't kill it though, don't kill it!!!" [watch video]
Michael Jackson's respect for animals:
"God created animals. And they're loving; they're beautiful. I feel
the way (anthropologist) Jane Goodall does or any of those naturalists. I
don't find my interest in animals weird or strange at all."
asked his opinion on animal hunting Michael replied: "I
hate it. I hate taxidermy shops and all that crap."
Screenshots from "Earth Song"
| Dolphin hunting
| Seal hunting / clubbing
|| Collateral Damage from war
| Michael in distress
Jackson's love of nature and concern for the environment
Jackson was very saddened by the destruction of the environment. He
hated the fact that big corporations were abusing the earth for
greed. He especially hated the lack of respect for life and the
needless suffering that happens all around the world. His deep
comprehension of the worlds problems is made very clear by the lyrics
of "Earth Song". There are few songs in the world that are as
emotionally gripping and that trigger as much of a feeling and sense
of connection with all life. Michael was always on a mission to bring
awareness to world issues and bring love into peoples hearts. We
wanted people to share in his empathy, but at the same time, bring a
feeling of hope to the world, that things could get better if
everyone worked together for one common goal.
Lyrics from: "Earth Song":
Earth Girl from "This is It"
Michael performing "Earth Song"
in "This is It"
What about yesterday
What about the seas
The heavens are falling down
I can't even breathe
What about everything
I given you
What about nature's worth
It's our planet's womb
What about animals
Their kingdoms in dust
What about elephants...
Have we lost their trust
What about crying whales
We're ravaging the seas
What about forest trails
Burnt despite our pleas
What about the holy land
Torn apart by creed
What about the common man
Can't we set him free
What about children dying
Can't you hear them cry...
Where did we go wrong
Someone tell me why
What about baby boy
What about the days
What about all their joy
What about the man
What about the crying man
What about Abraham
What about death again
Do we give a damn?
[WATCH MUSIC VIDEO] [LYRICS]
really feel that nature is trying so hard to compensate for man's
mismanagement of the planet. Because the planet is sick. Like a
fever. If we don't fix it now, it's at the point of no return. This
is our last chance to fix this problem that we have, where it's like
a runaway train and the time has come..."
very concerned about the plight of the international global warming
phenomenon. I knew it was coming, but I wish they would have gotten
people's interest sooner. But it's never too late. It's been
described as a runaway train; if we don't stop it, we'll never
get it back. So we have to fix it now. That's what I was trying to
do with "Earth Song", "Heal The World", "We
Are The World", writing those songs to open up people's
consciousness. I wish people would listen to every word."
Michael Jackson had a deep appreciation for life and the beauty of nature:
you go, man-made things are man-made, but you've got to get out and
see God's beauty of the world."
pray a lot. I see a beautiful sunset and I say "God, that's
beautiful...Thank you", or a baby smile or butterfly wings or
anything like that."
corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest highs in the
world. The stars, the mountains, children, babies smiling are just
Jackson was an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.
Jackson was also a big proponent of a health.
one interview he stated: "Every Sunday I fast. I don't eat
anything. It's just something I decided to do for my body."
his 1982 "Interview" Magazine interview he stated: "I
fast every Sunday. I don't eat anything. Just juices....It flushes
out the system, cleans out the colon. I think that's great. To
really make it work, you have to do it properly. That's the sewer
valve of the system. You have to keep that clean like you clean the
outside of your body. All these impurities come out of your system
because you're not clean inside. It comes out in pimples or disease
or through big pores. Toxins trying to get out of your system. People
should try to keep themselves clean."
Michael Jackson was also a non-smoker. When asked his thoughts on smoking he said:
"I can't stand how it makes your teeth look, and how it makes your
breath smell. Most of all, I'm scared of all the diseases you get from
it, so i don't do it".
Michael on his acne as a teenager:
"I seemed to have a pimple for every oil gland. And the more I was
bothered by it, the worse it got. I didn't realise it then, but my diet
of greasy processed food didn't help either... Eventually, things
changed. I started feeling differently about my condition. I've learned
to change how I think and learned to feel better about myself. Most
importantly, I changed my diet. That was the key."
Michael Jackson was a vegetarian and healthy eater:
"I'm a vegetarian, so fortunately fresh fruits and vegetables are a favorite of mine."
a vegetarian now and I'm so much thinner. I've been on a strict diet
for years . I feel better than I ever have, healthier and more
energetic."[Quotes from Michael Jackson's book "Moonwalker]
Michael Jackson didn't believe in taking any drugs:
"In the field I'm in, there is a lot of that and it gets offered to
me all the time. People even go as far as to just stick it in your
pocket and walk off. Now, if it was a good thing, they wouldn't do that.
I mean, would somebody drop something beautiful in my pocket and just
walk off? But I don't want to have anything to do with any of that. I
mean, as corny as it sounds, but this is how I really believe: Natural
highs are the greatest highs in the world. Who wants to take something
and just sit around for the rest of the day after you take it (drugs),
and don't know who you are, what you're doing, where you are? Take in
something that's gonna inspire you to do greater things in the world."
[1984 Ebony Magazine]
"They love the limelight and I don't have anything in common with them.
They want to go clubbing and afterwards they want to sit around and drink
hard liquor and do marijuana and all kinds of crazy things that I wouldn't do."
Jackson promoted ethics and non-violence:
Micheal's song "Beat It" is all about the stupidity of violent
resolutions to conflicts. Getting into violent conflicts isn't worth
risk of injury. When asked about the meaning of the song he stated:
"My objective is telling them, don't fight, turn the other cheek, I mean, it's your brother your killing"
thought about what I'd do in that situation...A confrontation with
a gang...I wouldn't do what those people would do. The way I was
raised...I would turn the other cheek without creating a war or being
a coward either." [1995 Simulchat TV Interview]