So today on my day off…I got up made some java had a quick bite to eat and then quickly turned to TODAY to see what was going on in this world of ours. I was expecting to see news stories and issues that are currently affecting our world…instead the only thing that appears to be affecting our world is the constant coverage of the passing of Michael Jackson.
I ‘ll be the first to admit he was very talented and literally changed the landscape of music and dance. I just don’t understand the morbid fascination of worshipping a mere man who has fallen off the radar for many years. I have been amazed to read all the tributes and life changing stories of how Michael Jackson has changes peoples lives…stories from kids who are 10 years old…and their lives are no longer meaningful. The internet and social networks have been bombarded with videos, blogs, conspiracy theories about this life altering event.
The fact is there are a lot worse role models in our culture these days. Individuals who use our freedom of speech to objectify women, spew hatred in regards to any form of authority and portray love as a night of unbridled passion with a stranger.
The question that continues to come to mind is this; What has happened in our society that we have turned to rock stars, Hollywood and sports figures as our role models? I’m not trying to say they are all messed up – but when we turn to them…we are often turning away from those people who are the real role models.
I’m not saying every parent is perfect (I know that full well – I’m a parent and I’m not close to being perfect) But looking up to someone isn’t about their perfection it should be the fact that…that person (who is being looked up to) is in the process of being a positive influence in the lives of others.