I think Michael Jackson was a complex person, and I think he at times carried the weight of the worlds troubles on his shoulders which after awhile will make anyone reach for meds to quiet the demons. It has been my observation of individuals that are thoughtful and talented and truly give a damn about his fellow man have turned to alcohol or drugs to keep from going completely mad. How many people on a daily basis come home to a few cocktails - just to take the edge off? How many people have a medicine cabinet full of pills to altar their minds... go ask Alice I think she'll know. With so much shit bombarding us daily I thought about drinking but frankly I'm too cheap. I can't spend that kind of money on booze or drugs. Instead when I've had enough I write letters to our leaders or go into the streets and join a protest or two... but in Chico the only ones protesting sit at table 5 (where I work ) and complain about the cost of coffee. jeez! guys get a life already!
I remember when Obama was commenting about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayo and how she had empathy (the ability to put oneself in another's shoes) and he thought that was a good quallity to have... of course the one's who hate anything he does and says, see empathy as weakness... but really don't we all want someone to have that quality who makes important decisions that could affect everyones lives? I mean if we don't have empathy we have Dick Cheney and look where that got us!
Its too bad that Michael Jackson had to use prescription drugs just to make it through the day... he understood the meaning of empathy. I will miss his music, his eccentric behavior, and his thoughtful lyrics. I found this on youtube today and I think it is still relevant today, especially in Iran and other dictatorship countries.