Contents

  1. 1 My MJ video tributes
  2. 2 Why I am inspired by Michael Jackson
  3.   Messages In His Music Overview:
  4. 3 Michael Jackson believed in self-improvement
  5. 4 His work ethic and putting perfection in his work
  6. 5 Michael Jackson believed in standing up for what you believe in
  7. 6 Michael Jackson was inspired by Jesus, children and child-like innocence
  8. 7 Being able to give back is what made Michael Jackson happy.
  9. 8 Michael Jackson understood that children are the future
  10. 9 Michael Jackson understood the value of good parenting and a strong family bond
  11. 10 Michael Jackson was an amazing father
  12. 11 Michael Jackson had a deep respect for all life
  13. 12 Michael Jackson's love of nature and concern for the environment
  14. 13 Michael Jackson was an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.
  15. 14 Michael Jackson promoted ethics and non-violence:
  16. 15 Michael Jackson was against war and collateral damage
  17. 16 Michael Jackson was critical of abuse of authority
  18. 17 Michael Jackson was against all forms of prejudice and racism
  19. 18 Micheal's example teaches us not to judge on appearances
  20. 19 Michael wanted to focus on the important problems in the world
  21. 20 Michael Jackson believed in being educated and learning from children
  22. 21 Michael Jackson believed in keeping an optimistic outlook towards life
  23. 22 Michael Jackson believed in helping the poor and underprivileged
  24. 23 Michael Jackson believed in living a life of purpose
  25. 24 Michael Jackson's message of humbleness
  26. 25 Michael Jackson was not accepting of the idea of getting old and dying
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My MJ video tributes

Michael Jackson Anniversary Tribute - Will you be there

Michael Jackson Anniversary Tribute - Smile


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)
Earth Song..............................................(environmental)
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)
Ghosts....................................................(Against Jealousy)
Little Susie.............................................(Sexual abuse, Child abuse, Empathy)
Tabloid Junkie.......................................(not trusting the tabloids)
Bad.........................................................(Changing the the world)
Cry..........................................................(the connectedness of all people, changing the world if we work together, optimism)
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]


His 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 better place."


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
Alone?
[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 songs."

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


Michael Jackson believed in self-improvement

"I'm never pleased with anything, I'm a perfectionist, it's part of who I am." ~ Michael Jackson

The 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 changes.

In his 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 got."

"I 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."

"I 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]

This 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."

"In 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 Victory tour."

Michael 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]
 

Michael Jackson was inspired by Jesus, children and child-like innocence

One of 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.

Quotes:

"I'm 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."

"Like 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 innocence."

"I 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."

"Jesus 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."

"The 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]

"I'm 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!"


Being able to give back is what made Michael Jackson happy.

"I would like to thank all of the children of the world, including the sick and deprived. I am so sensitive to your pain." ~ Michael Jackson

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 world."

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

"I've 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."


Michael Jackson understood that children are the future

"I 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

When I 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]

Michael Jackson understood the value of good parenting and a strong family bond

"I 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."

Childhood 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

"I'm 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

"....I 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]

My 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.

"I 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.


Michael Jackson was an amazing father

"Ever 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." ~ Paris Jackson

"I want to be the best father in the world of course."~ Michael Jackson

"I 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." ~ Paris Jackson

Michael 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]

"There 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 book, Moonwalker]

"People 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]

One 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."

It's 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.

"They 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."


Michael 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."

Michael 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."

When 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
 Starvation
 Pollution 
 Poaching
 Deforestation
 Collateral Damage from war

 Michael in distress

Michael Jackson's love of nature and concern for the environment

Michael 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.


 Earth Girl from "This is It"

Michael performing "Earth Song"
in "This is It"


 Lyrics from: "Earth Song":
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]

"I 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..."

"I'm 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:

"Wherever you go, man-made things are man-made, but you've got to get out and see God's beauty of the world."

"I 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."

"As corny as it sounds, natural highs are the greatest highs in the world. The stars, the mountains, children, babies smiling are just magic."

Michael Jackson was an advocate for a healthy lifestyle.

Michael Jackson was also a big proponent of a health. 


Fasting:

During one interview he stated: "Every Sunday I fast. I don't eat anything. It's just something I decided to do for my body."

In 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."


Smoking:

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".

Diet:

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."

"I'm 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]

Drugs:

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."

Michael 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"

"I 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]





Lyrics from "Beat it":

You better run, you better do what you can
Don't wanna see no blood, don't be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad
Just beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it
No one wants to be defeated
[LYRICS]    [WATCH MUSIC VIDEO]
 

"I pray that we continue to serve the world in a positive way, not a negative way and not hurt anyone, because it's wonderful." ~ Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson was against war and collateral damage


When asked if there was anything he wished for, Michael responded:
"There's so many I have, but one of them -one of the main ones would be as simple as making the whole world happy and world peace and that is part of the reason why I do what I do."

In Michael Jackson's songs, "We've Had Enough", and "Earth Song" his anti-war stance is made very clear:

Lyrics from "We've had Enough"

What did these soldiers come here for?
If they're for peace, why is there war ?
She asked the men in blue
How is it that you get to choose
Who will live and who will die
Did god say that you could decide ?
[LYRICS]

 Lyrics from: "Earth Song":

What have we done to the world?
Look what we've done...
Did you ever stop to notice,
All the children dead from war?
[LYRICS]
 Lyrics from from: "Can You Feel It":

  All the children of the world should be
loving each other wholeheartedly,
yes it's alright,
take my message to your brother and tell him twice,
take the news to the marching men,
who are killing their brothers when death won't do, hee
'cuz were all the same
yes the blood inside of me is inside of you,

[LYRICS]


 
 screenshot from "They Don't Really Care About Us" on anti-war protester
 screenshot from "They Don't Really Care About Us" of vietnam napalm strike on a village


Michael Jackson on war:
"That's what war is all about...so many of the problems in the past... I don't think anybody likes war and, in truth, I don't like war, I like peace, I'm a peaceful person."


Michael Jackson was critical of abuse of authority

In his song "They Don't Care About Us", Michael shares with us his feelings on racism, police brutality, and corruption in the law:

 They Don't Care About Us

Tell me what has become of my life
I have a wife and two children who love me
I am the victim of police brutality, now
All I wanna say is that
They don't really care about us
In the suite, on the news
Everybody dog food
black man, black male
Throw your brother in jail
Tell me what has become of my rights
Am I invisible because you ignore me?
Your proclamation promised me free liberty, now
I'm tired of bein' the victim of shame
They're throwing me in a class with a bad name
I can't believe this is the land from which I came
You know I do really hate to say it
The government don't wanna see...
[LYRICS]

On the meaning of "They Don't Care About Us":
"It's a public awareness song. It's a protest kind of song - it's not a racist song, it's an anti-racist song...."
[1995 "Making HIStory" Photo Book interview]



 

WATCH VIDEO


Michael Jackson was against all forms of prejudice and racism


  Screenshot from "They don't really care about us"
of the KKK
 Michael Jackson smashes windows with racist graffiti in his music video for dangerous:




Michael Jackson hated racism and hated when people suggested that he bleached his skin because he hated his race. Michael Jackson once said that his plan to adopt a child from every country.

"I love what I do and I would love people to love what I do and to be loved. I just simply want to be loved wherever I go -all over the world because I love people of all races from my heart with true affection" ~ Michael Jackson

Michael loves people of all races


Michael Jackson's song "Black and White" had a clear anti-racist message:

I'm Not Going To Spend
My Life Being A Color

[LYRICS]    [MUSIC VIDEO]
But, If
You're Thinkin'
About My Baby
It Don't Matter If You're
Black Or White


Children have innocent minds and don't judge based on appearances nearly as much as adults. Children have very little prejudice, until they learn it from adults. Michael Jackson recognized his fact.

"I'm 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!"

I'm really not a prejudiced person at all. I believe that people should think about God more and creation. Look at the many wonders inside the human bodies - the different colors of organs, colors of blood - and all these colors do different things in the human body. It's the most incredible system in the world; it makes an incredible building, the human being. And if this can happen with the human body, why can't we do it as people? And that's how I feel. And that's why I wish the world could do more. That (racism) is the only thing I hate. I really do. And that's why I try to write, put it in songs, put it in dance, put it in my art - to teach the world. If politicians can't do it, poets should put it in poetry and writers should put it in novels. That's what we have to do and I think it's so important to save the world." [Michael Jackson in his 1979 JET Interview]

"It is cruelty, it´s ugly and I hate it. You are my brother (points out to the children). They are my brothers. If you are black, white, Arab....we are all the same. I love all races equally.... I love all people of the world." [1996 TV Interview with children in Tunisia]

Michael Jackson was against envy:
"It's a commonality in mankind that I don't like that part of it, that kind of -you know, envy, but then there's a beautiful side to mankind to, isn't there." [2005 Interview with Geraldo Rivera]


Micheal's example teaches us not to judge on appearances

It's slander
With the words you use
You're a parasite in black and white
Do anything for news
And you don't go and buy it, buy it
And they won't glorify it, 'fy it
To read it sanctifies it, 'fies it
Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves
Just because you read it in a magazine
Or see it on the TV screen
Don't make it factual

Chorus to MJ's song "Tabloid Junkie"
[LYRICS]


Michael was slandered by the media. His message of questioning what you hear in the tabloids and media was very clear:

"Like the old Indian proverb says, do not judge a man until you've walked 2 moons in his moccosins. Most people don't know me. That is why they write such things in wich most is not true. I cry very very often because it hurts and I worry about the children, all my children all over the world, I live for them. If a man could say nothing against a character but what he could prove, history could not be written.

"Don't judge a person by what you hear or read....there is so much tabloid sensationalism. Don't fall prey to it. It's ugly. I'd like to take all of the tabloids and burn them.....Some of them try to disguise themselves, but they are still tabloids."

"It's not true. It's like looking at a fictitious movie because it's fiction. It's science fiction. It's not true. I know myself and it's sad when other people have to read those things and they believe it. I know eventually the truth will prevail and I'm about truth.

Does it affect me? Yes. But I've become immune in a way too. I'm very strong. I have rhinoserous skin. But at the same time, I'm human, so anything can hurt like that. But I'm very strong. I just dont like people hearing about such false information.

Given that tabloid journalism has much more interest in selling stories than they have in the truth, any smart person should be very skeptical of the validity of their exaggerated and fabricated stories. 

                    Innocent until proven guilty

 

"Everyone who knows me will know the truth, which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child." ~ Michael Jackson

So many people believe that Michael Jackson is guilty... Even to this day, when I ask people, a lot of people believe he actually molested children. I don't really judge people for believing he was guilty because people can't control their beliefs. I just think that people should try their hardest to believe he is innocent. Michael was never proven guilty of anything. Try to imagine how it must feel to be framed for a crime you didn't do, and have so many people thinking your guilty of something so horrible.

"Before I would hurt a child, I would slit my wrists."

"I will say again that I have never, and would never, harm a child. It sickens me that people have written untrue things about me."

"I gain strength from God. I believe in Jehovah, God, very much. And I gain strength from the fact that I know that I am innocent. None of these stories are true. They are totally fabricated. It's very sad and it's very, very painful. I pray a lot and that's how I deal with it. I'm a strong person. I'm a warrior, and I know what is inside of me. I'm a fighter, but it's very painful and at the end of the day, I'm still human,   you know? I'm still a human being, so it does hurt very, very, very much."


"Know, in the end, I'll be vindicated, I pray, because I know the truth. I am an innocent person and I believe in God and love God."


By holding hatred in your heart, you are only hurting yourself. Experiencing negative emotions like hate and anger serve no benefit. Despite the horrible things that were said about Michael, he kept to his peaceful nature, was willing to forgive and refused to hold bitterness or anger in his heart.

Michael Jackson believed in love and forgiveness over hate:
"I'm willing to forgive the press and forgive anybody... You know, I was taught to love and to forgive, which I do have in my heart, but please, don't believe these crazy horrifying stories..."


Michael wanted to focus on the important problems in the world

When there is an important goal to be accomplished, you really gotta focus on the task at hand. Michael hated that so much attention was put in the wrong areas. He didn't want people to be sidetracked with senseless sensationalism, when there are important things in the world that need to be done. While Michael was busy trying to make the world a better place, the media was focused on speculating into his private life and making accusations. All Michael wanted was to help people and bring awareness to problems in the world. In his song, "Why You Wanna Trip On Me", he accounts his frustration with the media's attempt to slander him, while they should have been working with him for the common interest of humanity. He was always disappointed with how the media would aim their attention at frivolous matters whilst ignoring the big problems.

 Lyrics from: "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"
They say I'm different
They don't understand
But there's a bigger problem that's much more in demand
You got world hunger
Not enough to eat
So there's really no time to be trippin' on me
You got school teachers
Who don't wanna teach
You got grown people
Who can't write or read
You've got strange diseases
But ah, there's no cure.
You got many doctors
That aren't so sure
So tell me
Why you wanna trip on me
Why you wanna trip on me
Stop trippin;
We've got more problems
Than we'll ever need

You got gang violence
And bloodshed on the street
You got homeless people
With no food to eat
With no clothes on their backs
And no shoes for their feet
We've got drug addiction
In the minds of the weak
We've got so much corruption
Police brutality
We've got streetwalkers
Walkin' into darkness
Tell me
What are we doing
To try to stop this

[LYRICS]
 Screenshot from "They Don't Really Care About Us"


Michael Jackson believed in being educated and learning from children

"What we need to learn from children isn't childish. Being with them connects us to the deeper wisdom of life, which is everpresent and only asks to be lived. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts." ~ Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was big into education and knowledge. Michael said in one interview: "I love to read and learn and all that stuff." When it came to education, Michael was humble and had no problem with learning from the best of the best. He said in one interview:"The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work..." Children are very in touch with their imaginations and remain questioning an curious about life. They are humble in their willingness to take instruction, without letting ego and pride interfere. As a part of your education, it's important to stay in touch with your imagination and child-like sense of curiosity. Michael Jackson totally understood this concept. His humble nature allowed him to admit what he didn't know and stay open to all the possibilities. When asked by Oprah: Your 34 years old, what do you know for sure? He replied: What do I know for sure? Oh boy, I'm still learning... I mean, life is an education for me, I can't say I know anything for sure... I really believe that."

In our quest for wisdom, it's important to consider what we can learn from children. If we humble ourselves and strip down our pride and our ego, there is a lot of things we can learn from children. Michael Jackson strongly believed in this philosophy: "One of my favourite pastimes is being with children - talking to them , playing with them, wattlin' in the grass. They're one of the main reasons why I do what I do. Children are more than adults. They know everything that people are trying to find out - they know so many secrets - but it's hard for them to get it out. I can recognize that and learn from it. They (the children) say some things that'll astound you. They go through brilliant, genius stages, but when they become a certain age, they lose it. So many people think certain things are childlike, but grown-ups are really nothing but children who have lost all that real magic by not noticing and digging and finding out. I believe in that deeply."

Michael Jackson believed in honesty and respected honesty in others, which is another reason why he respected the minds of children so much, because children are so honest:

"Lies run sprints but the truth runs marathons." ~ Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson believed it was important to learn from and study the bible:
"Each day I take time out to study the Bible, no matter where I am. The teachings of the Bible have added a new dimension to my life. It, somehow, makes me whole." [1976 "Black Stars" Magazine interview]

Michael was known for his work ethic, but also for his playful spirit. He definitely knew the importance of play.
"Yes I am a workaholic, I don't relax really... I don't sleep a lot. My mind never stops. I'm always creating, I never stop. I love a good water balloon fight or playing around.. Goofing off -Nintendo games, arcades...."

If your goal in life is to help people its important to study people... They are your subject. Become a student of human psychology, and try to learn what sorta things might effect different types of people.

"I like to study people - be like the fly on the wall. Even if it's two old ladies sitting on a bench or some kids on a swing." ~ Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson believed in keeping an optimistic outlook towards life

Despite all the horrible things going on in the world and how badly the media was attacking his character, Michael Jackson had a positive attitude and remained hopeful that the world could change for the better:

"In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe."

Michael Jackson believed that children were the solution to the worlds problems:
"The magic, the wonder, the mystery and the innocence of a child's heart are the seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that."

His optimistic attitude towards the problems of the world also came across clearly in his song "Bad":


Lyrics from "Bad":
We can change the world tomorrow, This could be a better place...
Well, they say the sky's the limit, And to me that's really true,
But, my friend you have seen nothing, Just wait 'til I get through...

 [LYRICS]     

There is power in numbers. One person alone can't save the world, but a combined effort of everyone doing their part can. Michael always remained optimistic, because, at the end of the day he believed in humanity...

"Together we can make a chance for the better; together we can heal the world and make it a better place." [speaks at Carnegie Hall, New York 2001]


"I have this dream" Poem By Michael Jackson

some people say
I live in a fantasy
because I see the world
differently
visions come to me
in my sleep
I closed my eyes
to see what God is showing me
close your eyes
and imagine with me
see the wonder
in every living thing
if we can life
the way it is in my dreams
love will take us to a place where
god can be seen
this is my dream
I have this dream
this i believe
the world a place for all humanity
if we could take love to it's highest level
more than the world has ever seen
I have this dream
 

verse 2


let's put Gods love on display
angel of love come my way
it really up to you and me
one world together in harmony
in my dream I see heaven
and the face of the one perfect being
I see people turning into angels
and God giving them their wings

I have this dream
this I believe
the world's a place
for all humanity
if we could take love
to it's highest level
more than the world has ever seen
I have this dream

Michael Jackson's song "Cry" is about the interconnectedness of humanity.  It has a very optimistic message that the world can change if we all work together.          

screenshot from "Cry":

You can change the world (I can't do it by myself)
You can touch the sky (Gonna take somebody's help)
You're the chosen one (I'm gonna need some kind of sign)
If we all cry at the same time tonight

[LYRICS]    [MUSIC VIDEO]

Michael believed that within children was the secret to changing the world. Michael understood that if people could just allow themselves to become as little children and keep that childlike innocence, that it could change the world. The key to respecting life and loving others, is in becoming like an innocent child. The more you become like an innocent child, the easier it is to love yourself and love others. Having love for others and a childlike innocence is contagious.

Michael Jackson believed in helping the poor and underprivileged

"I love to travel, and, so far, I've been lucky enough to see a great deal of the world. In certain parts of the Globe, I've seen hungry children walking the streets with no shoes on. I'm very concerned about the hungry children of the world and I hope I can do something positive to help alleviate this problem."

"I've seen the very rich and the very poor, but I'm mainly interested in the poor. I don't wanna think the whole world is just like what's around here. I want to appreciate what I have , and try to help others.

I know what the rich are like. I've studied that country India so much, and when I go to other countries, people say, "You wanna see the ugly part of it? [Nods] That's what I want to see! I want to see what it's really like to starve. I don't want to hear it or read it. I want to see it."

"I get a taste of poverty, too. When I go to a country - like in the Phillippines and in Trinidad and in Africa - I really get out and go to the poor sections and talk to the people. I sit in their little huts, their cardboard houses, and I make myself at home. I think it's important to know how different people feel, especially in my field of endeavor."

If you want to make the world a better place, you need to become aware of the problems in the world, and Michael Jackson believed in being aware and not turning a blind eye to the suffering the world. He believed in being deeply knowledgeable of people's situations all around the world. Despite everything Michael Jackson did for children and the world his perfectionist nature always left him feeling as if he had not don't enough. He held himself to incredibly high standards because of the love he felt for others. When asked his opinion on his efforts to help children in other countries: "I wish I could do more - I just feel so bad that I don't do enough, I really do."

Michael's song "Money" shows just how much he hated when people had money as their God.

"Money"

Money.
Money...
Lie for it
Spy for it
Kill for it
Die for it
So you call it trust
But I say it's just
In the devil's game
Of greed and lust
They don't care
They'd do me for the money
They don't care
They use me for the money
So you go to church
Read the Holy word
In the scheme of life
It's all absurd

[LYRICS]

Michael Jackson believed in living a life of purpose

A life of purpose is what gives life meaning. When you feel like you have a mission to help others, you will be happier and have an easier time loving yourself

"I really believe that God chooses people to do certain things, the way Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart or Muhammad Ali or Martin Luther King is chosen. And that is their mission to do that thing. And I think that I haven't scratched the surface yet of what my real purpose is for being here.

"What can I do but bring forth the talent that God gave me? That's all I wanted to do. To share the love and gift of entertainment. That's all I want to do. I don't want to hurt anybody."

"I'm just a person who wants to be honest and do good, make people happy and give them the greatest sense of escapism through the talent God has given me. That's where my heart is, that's all I want to do. Just let me share and give, put a smile on people's faces and make their hearts feel happy." [1999 The Daily Mirror Magazine]

"I have been the artist with the longest career, and I am so proud and honored to be chosen from heaven to be invincible." ~ Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's message of humbleness

"Look, we don't have control over the grounds, they can shake. We don't have control over the seas, they can have tsunamis. We don't have control over the skies, there are storms. We're all in God's hands. I think that man has to take that into consideration." ~ Michael Jackson

The quality of humbleness is what allows you to accept the truth of things, including your weaknesses. It's what allows you to receive criticism and judgment without letting your ego stand in the way. Humbleness is a vitally important quality to have if your concerned with self-improvement. Pride and ego are sure was to stunt your own self evolution and growth into becoming a better and more perfect person. I believe Michael thoroughly understood this concept. Despite all the fame, he was was able to keep his humility.

When asked about what the most important qualities for someone to possess:
"The most important: Stay humble. The humbleness that a child - like a new-born baby - has. Even though you become powerful and have power with people, with your talent....underneath all that be as humble as a child, as a baby, and be as kind and as giving and loving. They don't become puffed up with pride."

"I never have felt that people should feel that they are better than others, simply because they just happen to possess a larger share of material items and monetary wealth than others less fortunate. I believe in sharing, assisting, and just lending a helping hand to people." [1976 "Black Stars" Magazine interview]

"That's why I don't put awards of trophies in my house. You won't find a gold record anywhere in my house because it makes you feel you've accomplished 'look what I've done!' But I always want to feel 'no, I haven't done it yet.' [2005 Interview with Geraldo Rivera]

Innocence [Dancing the Dream]
It's easy to mistake being innocent for being simpleminded or naive. We all want to seem sophisticated; we all want to seem street-smart. To be innocent is to be "out of it." Yet there is a deep truth in innocence. A baby looks in his mother's eyes, and all he sees is love. As innocence fades away, more complicated things take its place. We think we need to outwit others and scheme to get what we want. We begin to spend a lot of energy protecting ourselves. Then life turns into a struggle. People have no choice but to be street-smart. How else can they survive? When you get right down to it, survival means seeing things the way they really are and responding. It means being open. And that's what innocence is. It's simple and trusting like a child, not judgmental and committed to one narrow point of view. If you are locked into a pattern of thinking and responding, your creativity gets blocked. You miss the freshness and magic of the moment. Learn to be innocent again, and that freshness never fades.

Michael believed in being honest with yourself, and remaining humble to the truth. He believed in keeping that innocent humble perspective on life, like children do. Children are so curious about life, and don't feel like they know all the answers. Children are open to all the possibilities, as opposed to being rigidly stuck on certain ideas. Children are not dogmatic. As people grow up they start to decide for themselves what the truth is, and they can start to close their minds to new ideas and perspectives. Being humble and child-like means staying flexible in your mind, and able to adapt and change. As people grow older, they loose that innocent mind and humble perspective on life. They begin to build walls of ego that prevent them from receiving the truth of things. There minds become clouded with pride, which turns into arrogance. A conceded mind is a dead mind. Be humble and be open to the possibility that you are wrong about something. Humbleness means not making assumptions and allowing for all the possibilities. We would all be wise to take Michael Jackson's message of humbleness to heart. Michael Jackson believed in following your dreams and making them come true, and that you can achieve anything with enough dedication and hard work.

"You can always dream, and your dreams will come true, but you have to make them come true." ~ Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson was not accepting of the idea of getting old and dying

"I think growing old is the ugliest thing. When the body breaks down and you start to wrinkle, I think it's so bad. I never want to look in the mirror and see that. People say growing old is beautiful. I disagree. I don't want to look old and start forgetting. I want to always be youthful and run around, play hide and seek, one of my favorite games."

When asked how he wanted to be buried: "I don't ever want to be buried... I would like to live forever"
~ Michael Jackson





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