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07. A Star is Born - Michael Jackson

“A star is a person who shines so brightly, who gives their gifts so fully, who loves so completely that everyone is drawn by the light of this star to find the way home.” – Chuck Spezzano, If It Hurts It Isn't Love

Sometimes when I’m watching someone being interviewed on television I like to pretend that I am the one being interviewed. I like to reflect on how I would answer certain questions, because doing so tends to give me clarity about who I am and what is important to me. 
The other day I watched a video of one of my favorite authors being interviewed. She was asked to tell people who may not know much about her what her basic philosophy is, what the foundation of her work is based on. She began to talk about what she saw as problems in the world and her ideas on how to solve them. 
For me, I really believe that man’s inhumanity to man is destroying our world.  We’re a society that has been living with a closed heart for so long that it has created a lack of compassion for our fellow human beings, allowing some people to feel justified in treating others inhumanely, as was the case with Michael Jackson.  
When someone purposely inflicts hate upon another person by attacking the integrity of their character, they are doing a huge disservice to humanity. Not only is the person on the receiving end of the hatred being negatively affected, so is the person doing the hating, because when you treat another person in a hateful way, you learn you are a hateful person. When you invite others to share in that hatred, you are teaching them that they are a hateful person as well.  
Michael Jackson was the most famous person on the planet, known in every country in the world and millions of people were invited to bring hate into their minds regarding him. Many lies were written about him. Name calling, ridicule and judgment were usually the norm when people talked about him. Some even went as far as inviting their audiences to laugh at his expense. 
The hate inflicted upon him (and therefore humanity) was so prevalent and widely accepted, that publishers wouldn’t even consider publishing books about him unless they were negative! If that’s not a sign that something is wrong with our world, I don’t know what is. 
It took Michael’s death for me to realize that I can no longer sit back and tolerate a society with no heart, one in which a lack of compassion allowed the inhumane treatment of another human being. His death was a wake-up call for humanity, showing us what we must do in order to make the world a better place; to change the world, we have to change the way we treat each other and that involves opening our hearts to love.    
I believe love is the creative force of the Universe. It is as important to life as oxygen is to breathing. When it is present in our lives we feel happier, more optimistic and fulfilled. Life becomes more meaningful. Without it, we become angry, cynical, resentful people, critical of ourselves and others, effectively squashing the greatness that exists in us, diminishing our own light. Yet, ironically, that’s all Michael wanted to do for the world, bring a little bit of light into it.  
"I would like to be remembered as a person who came and brought light to the world." - Michael Jackson.
By definition of the quote at the top of this article, Michael is a star. He gave his gifts so fully and loved so completely that people all over the world were and still are drawn to him and he can definitely help us find the way home.   
Michael’s drummer of 30+ years, Jonathan "Sugarfoot" Moffett, said it best: “Once every several centuries of mankind God sends somebody special, a wake-up call; somebody to enlighten the people in the way to be; somebody to excite the people; somebody to bring people together, and I think Michael was a gift from God that He sent to show people how to be, how to love.”
When you make a conscious decision to treat others with kindness, care, compassion and empathy, the power of love will go to work in your life. When you treat others with love, you learn that you are loveable. When you know that, the need to incite hatred toward others falls away; in return your own light begins to shine. It’s true that what you give to another is really what you give to yourself.  Let Michael Jackson show you the way.  Be “Mike-like” as some people say. 
Jonathan also posted something on his Facebook page that describes beautifully how to be “Mike-like.” He refers to it as “Michaelology.” 

by Jonathan Moffett
Moffett Dictionary, Definition: 'Michaelology'

The daily practice and application of 'Fun and Innocence of Spirit' in One's Life!!! - The Art Of Caring, Concern, and Endeavoring to be 'Instrumental' to 'Make A Difference' in People's Lives and the World Around 'You' AND 'Us'. - The 'Art Of Unselfish Giving', For Giving and Helping Sake alone, . . . Without 'Asking or 'Expectation' in return. - Being Humble, while in the 'Stature and Status Of 'GREATNESS'. - For 'Being Aware', 'Knowledgable' and 'Concerned' about our world around us, and conditions that affect 'Us All', through 'Our Mother' that bore and nurtured us. 'Mother Earth'…"

This.. . is what M.J. was all about. Lightness in heart, enjoying the 'simple fun pleasures' in life, and 'The Childlike Institution Of Love', With A Child's Heart....... If we have learned 'Anything' from and about him in his life . . . We should ALL strive and endeavor to. . . BE 'Mike-like'!!! 'Search your soul'. ‘The Child Is Still There’...
On August 29, 1958, light was indeed brought into this world as a “star” was born. That light still shines brightly today and will forevermore. 
If more people would follow the light of Michael’s star to love completely and give of their gifts fully they would find their own light shining brightly, too. Then maybe the need to diminish someone else’s light would be no more. 
Happy birthday, Michael!
You’ve inspired a dream in me to heal the world through the power of love. Thank you for shining your light so brightly and helping me find the way home. 
Let the light of Michael’s star help you find the way home too.
I created this video to show the world what it means to be "Mike-like." 

Linda Higgins
Director of Community Development

© 2011, Linda Higgins, All Rights Reserved

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