Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Mozart, Beethoven… Michael Jackson
Skeptikos has sent his reflections on art which seem to me a beautiful tribute to Michael Jackson too – which is why I’m turning into a separate post for everyone to enjoy. Besides speaking about Michael as a true genius in music, dance and the art of perfection, this message seems to be quite in unison with what Michael said in his “Childhood” about his own preferences in life:
People say I’m not okay
‘Cause I love such elementary things…
…. I was taught that «best things in life are free». Who believes this nowadays? I suppose a few still know the meaning of: Sleeping in on a rainy day; Hearing the right song at the right moment; Smelling fresh clean bed sheets; Admiring a beautiful view (landscape); Hearing the waves at night; Praising silence; Having a good laugh; Playing in the water (water balloons battles); Skinny Dipping; Reminiscing About Old Times with Your Closest Friends; or even just playing with children…. etc…
And why just a few know/remember the feeling of these simple things?
Because most of us are too busy working (workaholics), being more and more competitive in this global market, trying to survive to its tough rules. After work most of us sit in front of a Tv screen (the bigger the better), looking for some entertainment created by the same market where we try to survive on a daily basis.
For decades children were taught this way, to be competitive, to be better, to be the best and to consume every product that marketers find suitable for them/us; Post-modernity education means to teach children to be «productive rather than to think critically and become knowledgeable and empathetic citizens. This shortsighted focus on profitable skills has eroded our ability to criticize authority, reduced our sympathy with the marginalized and different, and damaged our competence to deal with complex global problems. And the loss of these basic capacities jeopardizes the health of democracies and the hope of a decent world.» 
Therefore, the humanities and the arts “are being cut away” and dismissed as “useless frills” in the context of an overriding imperative “to stay competitive in the global market.” The result is that abilities crucial to the health of any democracy are being lost, especially the ability to think critically, to evaluate evidence, to write papers with well-structured arguments, and/or to analyze arguments.
All this and much more explain why REAL ART and COMMON-SENSE are so difficult to perceive, or even why to the eyes of most people ARTISTS are “weird”, eccentric, whatever… most people can’t understand this: if they are unique, they can’t be equal to others, or feel like everyone else. Their art is all they have and matters; Through it they can feel and express themselves freely; Through it they are whatever they want to be, or simply transcend themselves; Through art they can be loved!
Art is form and content. Art heals and as far as I know better MJ (after death) I’m convinced the real, the unique and public MJ was the one we saw live on stage, performing, expressing his art, his feelings, his passions, his self-giving. We must not forget that he committed is entire life to create, practice and perform nothing less than the best show on earth -perfection – nothing more or less than any real artist dreams to achieve!
Can you imagine life without art? I can’t. Imagine him… without his art.
Art is what makes us all grand, more thoughtful and well-rounded humans. Art is everything, everywhere, timeless.
Mankind has been blessed from time to time with great artists/genius (Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Mozart, Beethoven… to mention a few) and often our payback/reward has been jealousy and hate. Most of us can’t understand the true value of these human beings and we never learn and keep on breaking hearts that should be cherished!
Definitely, we need NEW EYES and new opportunities TO SEE without prejudice.
 Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
by Martha C. Nussbaum