Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Jul 04, 2009 2:56 pm

Just a few of some of the positive things MJ contributed to the world:

1. We are the World
2. USA for Africa
3. Man in the Mirror
4. Earth Song
5. Heal the World
6. Over $300 million donated to Black-American charities
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby christopher::: » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:04 pm

I watched the video for "Man in the Mirror" last week, for the first time... showed it to my students... very powerful...



Man In The Mirror
Michael Jackson

Ooh ooh ooh aah
Gotta make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other
On the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

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, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really pretending that they're not alone

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream
(Washed out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

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
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:10 pm

Journey wrote:Those that jump on this opportunity to follow the urge to find fault and spread dislike, seem (to me) to be as smitten with MJ as are his fans.
MJ was impermanent, his bad behavior - impermanent. He may not have been perfect, but dukkha arises from our own negative reactions, not from MJ. If you read the news that MJ is dead and the reaction is the urge to spread dislike about the things he did that you do not approve of, it means negativity is still deeply rooted.
Thank MJ for bringing this to light because as the Dhammapada teaches:

Easily seen are the faults of others,
Hard indeed to see are one's own

—Dhammapada 252-3


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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:21 pm

Christopher::: wrote:Michael Jackson is gone. I hope folks will focus more on the positive work he left behind then the negative. He didn't start any wars or cut down rainforests. At times he seemed confused of his identity, seemed to be wrestling with his desires, which may have seemed like inner demons.

How many of us haven't walked that road at some time?

R.I.P.
:heart:


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He protested against the rainforests being cut down, dolphins drowning in nets, seal babies getting skinned alive, elefant mothers and babies getting shot for their tusks, senseless wars, racial discrimination.

He reached so many more people and appealed to the highest in them than any of those who feel so high above him, yet having unprocessed stuff themselves, like aversion, bias and lack of understanding and affection.


How may of us haven't walked that road at some times?


Everybody does.

Read this:
From a mental health colleague:

"Michael Jackson was a highly sensitive kid and adult, chronically abused as a child and his whole life was about having his boundaries chronically violated in one sense or another.

Then as a major celebrity, virtual nonexistence of privacy and defense from the boundary challenges, hence the myriad forms of "masking"" and escape, and transformation urges.

Possibilities for intimacy with any adult: zero. Consequent loneliness: massive.

Since intimacy was not possible, probably sex wasn't of much interest, except as convenient source of procreation. The only people in his perception to not violate him: children. For him, everyone else was a predator.

Emotional escape: the simple world view of a child, and his own artistic creativity, behaving like a child, and drugs.

Little opportunity for keeping within some form of normal lines from receiving environmental feedback, so his own internal reality was its own test, going wherever it went.

Sad guy. Incredible music and dancing, I loved his stuff. Correction: do love his stuff."

May he have come back soon and have an auspicious rebirth. He was a truly remarkable human being.


Metta,

Nurseholistic


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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Journey » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:24 pm

christopher::: wrote:I watched the video for "Man in the Mirror" last week, for the first time... showed it to my students... very powerful...



Man In The Mirror
Michael Jackson

Ooh ooh ooh aah
Gotta make a change
For once in my life
It's gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference
Gonna make it right

As I turned up the collar on
A favorite winter coat
This wind is blowin' my mind
I see the kids in the street
With not enough to eat
Who am I to be blind
Pretending not to see their needs

A summer's disregard
A broken bottle top
And a one man's soul
They follow each other
On the wind ya' know
'Cause they got nowhere to go
That's why I want you to know

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, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho

I've been a victim of
A selfish kinda love
It's time that I realize
There are some with no home
Not a nickel to loan
Could it be really pretending that they're not alone

A willow deeply scarred
Somebody's broken heart
And a washed out dream
(Washed out dream)
They follow the pattern of the wind ya' see
'Cause they got no place to be
That's why I'm starting with me

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


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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby thecap » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:31 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

Firstly, I want to apologise to anyone who was offended ...

It was neither the time and place ...

This attachment and clinging ...

Hence, at thecap's invitation, I decided to think ...

Metta,
Retro. :)


Mikaeel Jackson wrote:If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change


Image


Man in the mirror!
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:46 pm

I watched the Dangrous tour onTV.

He sang this song.

Nearly everybody in the audience began to sob.
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby christopher::: » Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:13 pm

While i think we should try to be nonjudgmental about Michael Jackson, putting ourselves in his shoes, i think that courtesy should also be extended to folks who feel some aversion towards him, when there are sensible reasons for that.

Is aversion always a "bad" thing? As a parent with 2 sons, there are situations that i try to steer them clear of, that i have taught them to "avert."

You don't go into rooms alone with adults, where the door is closed. How some parents could allow their kids to be alone with Michael, is a mystery to me.

I would have an "aversion" to my sons walking into a room with any adult on this planet, alone, where the door is closed.

I don't feel its right to judge Michael Jackson for this, but i can understand how he pushes a natural protective button in many sincerely caring parents...

Still, there is no "proof" that he ever did anything wrong, and the past is gone.

:namaste:

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Journey » Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:00 pm

christopher::: wrote:While i think we should try to be nonjudgmental about Michael Jackson, putting ourselves in his shoes, i think that courtesy should also be extended to folks who feel some aversion towards him, when there are sensible reasons for that.

Is aversion always a "bad" thing?

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I never was a Michael Jackson fan. I am a fan of not spreading negativity.
Spreading negativity is always harmful, it creates more negativity. Aversion is not helpful, acknowlegement is.
Aversion harms. Dhamma courtesy is pointing this out.

Aversion comes to manifestation either in thoughts of ill will — as angry, hostile, or resentful thoughts; or in thoughts of harming — as the impulses to cruelty, aggression, and destruction. Thoughts of good will counter the former outflow of aversion, thoughts of harmlessness the latter outflow, in this way excising the unwholesome root of aversion itself.

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Nidana Sutta: Causes

A person unknowing:
the actions performed by him,
born of greed, born of aversion,
& born of delusion,
whether many or few,
are experienced right here:
no other ground is found.

So a monk, knowing,
sheds
greed, aversion, & delusion;
giving rise to clear knowledge, he
sheds
all bad destinations
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:26 pm

christopher::: wrote:While i think we should try to be nonjudgmental about Michael Jackson, putting ourselves in his shoes, i think that courtesy should also be extended to folks who feel some aversion towards him, when there are sensible reasons for that.

Is aversion always a "bad" thing? As a parent with 2 sons, there are situations that i try to steer them clear of, that i have taught them to "avert."

You don't go into rooms alone with adults, where the door is closed. How some parents could allow their kids to be alone with Michael, is a mystery to me.

I would have an "aversion" to my sons walking into a room with any adult on this planet, alone, where the door is closed.

I don't feel its right to judge Michael Jackson for this, but i can understand how he pushes a natural protective button in many sincerely caring parents...

Still, there is no "proof" that he ever did anything wrong, and the past is gone.

:namaste:




i think that courtesy should also be extended to folks who feel some aversion towards him, when there are sensible reasons for that.


What journey said.

Is aversion always a "bad" thing? As a parent with 2 sons, there are situations that i try to steer them clear of, that i have taught them to "avert."

You don't go into rooms alone with adults, where the door is closed.


That's not aversion,that's caution... :juggling:

I would have an "aversion" to my sons walking into a room with any adult on this planet, alone, where the door is closed.


I'd say you feel concerned & protective, not aversion.

How some parents could allow their kids to be alone with Michael, is a mystery to me.


Yes. there you have a point. However, some either knew nothing bad would happen, and some thought: "Oh, money, money, money...let's see how to get some. Let's blackmail the guy. He will pay. He's got a reputation to lose." And initially that strategy may have paid off well.

Look at me. I am a private teacher, should I am now be concerned a male pupil could accuse me of seduction? What if??? How could I ever prove I didn't?

My reputation and livelihood would be destroyed forever, like Michaels.

And people would say: "She is a sick pedophile".

Some would say: "She was too innocent and naive, she just enjoyed helping children."

It would give me insomnia and migraine.

I would take sleeping pills and painkillers to be able to go to work.

One day, whilst exerting myself over work, I would collapse in my house, and be found by a friend "not breathing".

The city would gossip about me, and badmouth me, most of those wouldn't even know what I looked like and never heard me speak a word. Total strangers.

Yet they would be convinced: She abused a boy.

Why?

Do we assume in others that, what we carry within ourselves?
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby thecap » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:23 pm

christopher::: wrote:While i think we should try to be nonjudgmental about Michael Jackson, putting ourselves in his shoes, i think that courtesy should also be extended to folks who feel some aversion towards him, when there are sensible reasons for that.

Here I don't agree, friend. There are no sensible reasons for hate. Avoiding a person is one thing; having aversion for a person however is a manifestation of one's hate. It causes distress and puts an end to discernment. It's abandonment is recommended out of compassion. Na hi verena veráni sammantídha kudácanam; verena ca sammanti esa dhammo sanantano. (Hate can never be stilled by hate, but by non-hate alone.) Living beings are the results of their conditions. Thus how we perceive others tells more about ourselves than about the world.
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Journey » Sat Jul 04, 2009 7:28 pm

thecap wrote:There are no sensible reasons for hate. Avoiding a person is one thing; having aversion for a person however is a manifestation of one's hate. It causes distress and puts an end to discernment. It's abandonment is recommended out of compassion. Na hi verena veráni sammantídha kudácanam; verena ca sammanti esa dhammo sanantano.

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby mikenz66 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 8:37 pm

I'm getting a little confused about this conversation.

Clearly Michael Jackson was a talented entertainer, brought joy to many people, and did some good charity work.

I enjoyed his performances. Some people don't. I don't see any problem with people having different preferences about entertainers.

Quite a lot of musical entertainers have died in my lifetime whose work I have enjoyed at some level:
Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ian Curtis, Ian Drury, Kurt Kobain, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, John Bonham, Johhny Cash, Michael Brecker, Michael Jackson.
I'm sure most readers here don't care for the performance of at least some of them...

May all of them have good rebirths...

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Ben » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:29 pm

Hi Mike

mikenz66 wrote:I'm getting a little confused about this conversation.

You're not the only one!

Clearly Michael Jackson was a talented entertainer, brought joy to many people, and did some good charity work.

I enjoyed his performances. Some people don't. I don't see any problem with people having different preferences about entertainers.

Quite a lot of musical entertainers have died in my lifetime whose work I have enjoyed at some level:
Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, John Lennon, Keith Moon, Ian Curtis, Ian Drury, Kurt Kobain, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, John Bonham, Johhny Cash, Michael Brecker, Michael Jackson.
I'm sure most readers here don't care for the performance of at least some of them...

May all of them have good rebirths...

Metta
Mike


Thanks for returning some common sense to this thread.
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:52 pm

Greetings Annabel,

Annabel wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:I hope you didn't take Michael Jackson's "crotch framing" seriously?

Let's be honest, that was pretty disturbing.


He did that on stage


Precisely my point, he should have saved it for the bedroom.

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Jul 04, 2009 11:08 pm

Greetings,

The word "aversion" is being bandied around a lot, when there really is no logical basis for it.

The Buddha said that killing, sexual misconduct and boozing it up are inappropriate actions... but does that necessarily mean he had aversion or hatred towards them, or to those who perform these actions? No, of course not. Please stop and think about that for a minute.

:buddha1:

Just because you don't actively like something or find sensual enjoyment in it... or think that something is immoral behaviour, or think that certain acts are best confined to the bedroom, doesn't mean that these perceptions are based on unwholesome mindstates of aversion. They could well be based upon compassion for those who genuinely do have aversion to such things and get upset by them. They could well be based on wisdom, knowing that these actions are bound to cause suffering (as per Anna's example above, Michael's exploits with children were bound to cause suffering - innocent or not).

Accordingly, it's getting rather tiresome having false accusations about mindstates thrown around at people, simply because they don't like the same entertainers as those casting these aspersions. Where is this so called respect, universal love and compassion which they claim to possess? Are non-fans excempt from this? Can they not handle people not agreeing with them? Can they not handle their emotional expressions not being reciprocated? Does this lack of universal reciprocation represent a questioning of the validity of their emotional bond and what Michael Jackson represented to them? Dare this attempt to marginalise and ostracize non-fans who do not share this bond be called greed, delusion or aversion? etc.etc...... I don't know - I'm not a mind-reader, therefore I will not accuse others with the arrogance that I know what they're thinking.

:?:

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If this can not be followed, this topic will be closed. No more accusations about people's mindstates please (you're not mind-readers either) - play the ball and not the man. Talk about Michael Jackson if you like, but stop talking about and casting nasty aspersions upon each other in ways that violate the Terms Of Service. Thank you.

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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby pink_trike » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:31 am

retrofuturist wrote:Precisely my point, he should have saved it for the bedroom.



I disagree that his "crotch-framing" was necessarily negative...and this makes me curious what your mind brings to it. We are sexual. We will always be sexual. Sexuality isn't inherently negative. We eat, we breathe, we have sex. All of these must remain healthy, spontaneous, and instinctive within the limits of compassion.
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:34 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Annabel,

Annabel wrote:
retrofuturist wrote:I hope you didn't take Michael Jackson's "crotch framing" seriously?

Let's be honest, that was pretty disturbing.


He did that on stage


Precisely my point, he should have saved it for the bedroom.

Metta,
Retro. :)


With lights out....huh? :tongue: Kiddig.

Seriously, Retro. He didn't really touch himself, you see!

It was a suggested gesture,and it fit some roles he played, as a "smooth criminal" ,"I'm bad", and so forth.

Nothing else happens when some female artists hop around with dancing boobs, and bend forward to dangle their cleavage right into the camera.

Or make other suggestive gestures further down south, like Gwen Stefani ,Lady Gaga, and Madonna. It sure brings publicity, you gotta understand the entertainment-biz.

And WHY should a man not be allowed to be sexually provocative in a playful, flirtatious and ironic way?

Why only women?

Are the buttons of men pushed [u]when a man kicks off an erotic flirt in a rather suggestive way with the (female)audience?

Are the buttons of women pushed when Christina Aguilera's red slip bumps up from under her skirt in "Dirty"?

She sings:"to get me off" and moves her hand in a way that can't be misunderstood, which Michael never did.

Anyhow. I always thought that Michael's gesture was a persiflage anyhow, and not threatening at all.

It may cause aversion though in heterosexual men, I understand that, but you're probably not addressed by him anyhow, so why respond? :anjali:
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Journey » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:45 am

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

The word "aversion" is being bandied around a lot, when there really is no logical basis for it.


Metta,
Retro. :)


Christopher::: asked a question -

Is aversion always a "bad" thing?


On that basis, I and others responded, that's all.
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Re: Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Postby Annapurna » Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:11 pm

retrofuturist wrote:Greetings,

The word "aversion" is being bandied around a lot, when there really is no logical basis for it.

The Buddha said that killing, sexual misconduct and boozing it up are inappropriate actions... but does that necessarily mean he had aversion or hatred towards them, or to those who perform these actions? No, of course not. Please stop and think about that for a minute.

:buddha1:

Just because you don't actively like something or find sensual enjoyment in it... or think that something is immoral behaviour, or think that certain acts are best confined to the bedroom, doesn't mean that these perceptions are based on unwholesome mindstates of aversion. They could well be based upon compassion for those who genuinely do have aversion to such things and get upset by them. They could well be based on wisdom, knowing that these actions are bound to cause suffering (as per Anna's example above, Michael's exploits with children were bound to cause suffering - innocent or not).

Accordingly, it's getting rather tiresome having false accusations about mindstates thrown around at people, simply because they don't like the same entertainers as those casting these aspersions. Where is this so called respect, universal love and compassion which they claim to possess? Are non-fans excempt from this? Can they not handle people not agreeing with them? Can they not handle their emotional expressions not being reciprocated? Does this lack of universal reciprocation represent a questioning of the validity of their emotional bond and what Michael Jackson represented to them? Dare this attempt to marginalise and ostracize non-fans who do not share this bond be called greed, delusion or aversion? etc.etc...... I don't know - I'm not a mind-reader, therefore I will not accuse others with the arrogance that I know what they're thinking.

:?:

From the Terms Of Service...

Mutual respect and friendliness should be the basis of all interactions


If this can not be followed, this topic will be closed. No more accusations about people's mindstates please (you're not mind-readers either) - play the ball and not the man. Talk about Michael Jackson if you like, but stop talking about and casting nasty aspersions upon each other in ways that violate the Terms Of Service. Thank you.

Metta,
Retro. :)


Retro, you know that the Buddha said,if you don't accept a gift, who does it stay with?... :anjali:



So.....


.....hey, what did I want to say?.....


Oh! Ok... I wanted to ask if you think that "crotch-shadowing" was sexual misconduct.

Or if hopping boobs are?

(I don't know if the word "boobs" is koscher, but I'm using it since Venerable Shi Yong Hang calls her "sisters" boobs, so I assume it's ok...) :mrgreen:
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