Michael Jackson would have been 60 this past week.
That’s hard to imagine. He was 50 when he died, but he always seemed child-like to me.
I know… There were all sorts of sordid stories and allegations. And maybe they’re true. Probably they are. And we know there were drug issues. The ‘King of Pop’, who literally had all the money to buy anything his heart desired, lived a sad life.
But for all of that, he struck me as a person of compassion. Tonight’s song, Man in the Mirror, is heart-felt and touching. He sings about making the world better by starting with yourself. It’s interesting that in the official video, Michael Jackson, arguably the most famous man on the planet at the time, does not actually appear.
We lost another American icon this week, a rare man of character, honor, and conviction. Whatever your politics, I don’t think it can be argued that John McCain is a true hero. He served his country as a naval aviator, and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war for his trouble, refusing to accept an early release, choosing instead to honor the first captured, first released rule.
After he returned, he spent the rest of his life as a rare politician, voting his convictions over what was politically expedient in the moment. He understood the concept of agreeing to disagree, and the value of working with those of differing opinions toward a common goal.
I believe that at the end, he was a man at peace with the man in the mirror.
He is an enduring reminder that we, as Americans, should aspire to more.
I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend. Be sure to hug those you love.
Happy Saturday night!
A l’il bonus, just because…