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Da Vinci, Picasso, Van Gogh, Mozart, Beethoven… Michael Jackson

June 12, 2010

that microphone cord looks a little bit of a whip...

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…

MJ's drawing to "The girl is mine"

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.» [1]

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.

[1] Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities
by Martha C. Nussbaum
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9112.html

6 Comments leave one →
  1. skeptikos permalink
    June 18, 2010 12:15 am

    «he had a huge heart and was a GENIUS OF A HUMAN BEING. That is why he was given so many other talents…»

    Well, that’s an interesting perspective and an important challenge, vindicatemj.

    Knowing that morality is an existing code/guide of human conduct, a synthesis of the biological and the cultural, of the unlearned, the discovered and the invented, with a wide variation of features from society to society, we could question ourselves – Was MJ born a “good” guy and a genius? Or his “good” (“Morality” standards) nature was a result of his childhood?

    Scientists and humanists today think most of babies are born “good” and most do know the basic differences between good & wrong. In sum, babies’ experiences are emotionally intense, replete with strong feelings and strong desires, in spite of the lack of consciousness. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-good-life/201005/infants-get-it-right

    I also read somewhere MJ’s mother comments concerning him as a baby. I remember she said something about him having big hands and a natural ability towards music and… in an environment like Jacksons ‘home (very religious too) that was an importing set off for a smart baby like Michael.
    So, he was smart and had musical abilities and later on he had artistic skills too, besides his faith in God.
    We all know that skills and abilities can be added or improved upon through education, but he only attended school for a short period of time though. So, he became an autodidact/self-educated person and after his first huge successes he had the will, the time and the resources to improve himself as a human being, through knowledge, and like most of rich people he had his own, so called, eccentricities BUT, unlikely the expected “normal” behavior of rich people he gave millions to help others, especially children.

    Although wealth, fame & power make most people selfish and unhappy too, MJ was not. His goal (as I see it) was the things he could do with Money & Power. Maybe he was increasing his own chances of being happy while making others happier, especially children, who weren’t… for one reason or another. I believe his simplicity and credulity (child-like) made him think he could change the world…

    Yes, you are absolutely right – he had a HUGE Heart that some of us broke into small pieces because they will never understand that there is nothing inherently wrong with the pursuit of power, wealth or fame as long as it is done in the context of a meaningful and satisfying life. MJ tried, oh yes, he tried really hard!

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  2. June 17, 2010 7:17 am

    Skeptikos, yes – the drawings too! I’ve included some in the post now.

    But we’ve overlooked the main thing about Michael – he had a huge heart and was a GENIUS OF A HUMAN BEING. That is why he was given so many other talents…

    He wouldn’t have a whole army of his supporters if it weren’t for this MAIN talent of his…

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  3. skeptikos permalink
    June 17, 2010 12:47 am

    Hi vindicatemj! Oops just saw this now… thks for understanding.
    «There is no one comparable to him in the versatility of his talent (…)» absolutely. And do you know that he could also draw quite well?! I mean for someone that only attended school for a very short time it’s awesome… see here:
    http://zzzlist.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/who-knew-that-michael-jackson-could-draw/

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  4. June 15, 2010 1:21 pm

    Baytreesolution, Michael Jackson is not exactly an opera Singer but it is doesn’t diminish the scale of his genius to me. There is no one comparable to him in the versatility of his talent – besides being a great Dancer he is also a great Composer – the melodies and rhythms he was creating in hundreds and the easiness with which he did it are comparable only to Mozart.

    I know that everyone is thrilled by Thriller and Michael Jackson’s earlier compositions (which are truly great) but if you listen to his albums in succession you will see a gigantic potential which only started to be developed. You can almost see him getting more mature and – though his music still retained a unique rhythm which can raise even a dead man to a dance – his songs and lyrics grew so powerful and dramatic in impact that you feel it is almost a sin to just dance to them – you are compelled to sit down and just listen in awe as if they were Bach’s chorals.

    If Michael had lived longer he would have created fantastic new music. The only thing he needed was time, some quiet and a little bit of goodwill from other people after all those long years of seeing only humiliation from them. The fact that he will never make his music and we will never hear it only adds to the tragedy of it all.

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  5. Suzy permalink
    June 12, 2010 3:16 pm

    Very nice comment, Skeptikos!

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  6. baytreesolution permalink
    June 12, 2010 7:26 am

    Michael Jackson is one of my favorite singer in the world.

    Timeshare Resales

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