Just what's on my mind tonight
| Yes yes, time for my premiere column. Now what do I do? I have my keyboard and my opinions, I guess I should just start sharing them, so what's the hot topic at the moment? Oddly enough I think it's Michael Jackson at the moment. Seriously, I do a lot of online chatting with people from all over the world, and I have talked to people on at least 3 continents that have felt some need to talk about it. My question, however, is simple..
I did not know the man, I'm fairly sure the very vast majority of the world's 6.8 billion people didn't know him, so why does anyone really care? Jackson had not truly been a public figure (except for in infamy) for about 15 years or more. He was never going to record again. He was done with us, done with the public, and yet some in the public still want to hold onto him?
What did the man do that was so amazing he deserves that? He sang some songs, he danced, he made a handful of very good, or even great videos, but wasn't that about it? Sure I loved his stuff in the 80's, nearly everyone did, but that was another time, another place, a world has literally changed sine then. And while the loss of any human being is tragic and never to be taken lightly, why does this one stand out so?
Jackson may have been some type of victim of his own fame, but fame is a problem to be dealt with just like any problem the average human being has to face. He failed facing his problems, and failed miserably. He could not handle his job, but more importantly, he could not handle himself. His time was done and past. He was deservedly out of our lives. The famous figure we all knew actually died many years ago. All that was left was some kind of shell, a shell that finally broke. And while I do wish Jackson eternal peace as I do any other human, I do it only as I wish to anyone else, not with any emotional attachment or direct thought.
Seems to me that's the way it should be.