Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Idolization of Michael Jackson: A Complex Issue

On June 28, I posted my views on The idolization of Michael Jackson.

I wrote in that post: Entertainment is an important aspect to human growth. It is important to our cultural evolution; but it has value only when that entertainment is of probity and represents good behavior. Entertainment is also an important divergence from the vicissitudes of life. However, when our lives become preoccupied by worshiping the Michael Jackson’s of our world, when we put more important issues that affect our well-being on a back burner, it, for me, becomes a very far-reaching and serious problem.

That far-reaching and serious problem, seemingly insurmountable, is clearly expressed in a posting by Chris Hedges on The Man in the Mirror.

Chris Hedges writes: The commercial exploitation of Michael Jackson's death was orchestrated by the corporate forces that rendered him insane. He was infected by the moral nihilism and personal disintegration that are at the core of our corporate culture. He was a reflection of us in the extreme.

A post by Deepak Chopra, A Tribute to My Friend, Michael Jackson, reveals the complexity that this issue or problem poses.

Michael Jackson’s friend Deepak Chopra writes: Michael Jackson will be remembered, most likely, as a shattered icon, a pop genius who wound up a mutant of fame. That's not who I will remember, however. His mixture of mystery, isolation, indulgence, overwhelming global fame, and personal loneliness was intimately known to me. For twenty years I observed every aspect, and as easy as it was to love Michael -- and to want to protect him -- his sudden death yesterday seemed almost fated.

Chris Hedges and Deepak Chopra have both written provocative views that are different, but not contrary, and are good examples of the complexity inherent in this issue. It’s a very appropriate addendum to my view as expressed in The idolization of Michael Jackson.

In conclusion, this is another example where money is the root of the problem and its destruction its solution.