Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White: A Tribute to Michael

As we celebrate the life of Michael Jackson, my thoughts are concentrated on the many hits that this musical genius had given all of us over the years. Two songs in particular, Man In the Mirror, and Black or White resonate with me more than most because of the important messages contained in them. Man in the Mirror focuses on the importance of growth and personal reflection, and how a shift in your own consciousness can have an important impact on the entire world:

I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To ChangeHis 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

The song Black or White is equally poignant to me from the standpoint of love of your fellow man regardless of race or any other illusionary barriers (great video too):

…I Said If You’re Thinkin’ of Being My Brother
It Don’t Matter If You’re Black or White

These are powerful words and reflect the true consciousness of the man who wrote them. They are testaments for what could be and what should be. Now it is up to all of us to take a look at ourselves and make the change necessary to be a better person and live our lives with love for our fellow brothers and sisters; embracing them with open arms regardless of race, creed, color, nationality, sexual preference, belief system, or any of the many illusions that try to show us as separate, when in fact we are all one.

Thank you Michael Jackson for being an example of love. Regardless of any controversy your life may have held, I believe your sincere motivation was that of love and peace. Good journey Michael; be well and enjoy eternity.

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