Well soon it will be one year since Michael Jackson passed. Here MJ is a heartfelt article written just for you.
"Michael Jackson fans are a strange breed. One would be hard pressed to find another fan community whose object of admiration is the subject of so much unjust condemnation and distortion. Over time, Michael Jackson enthusiasts have watched the media attempting to undermine his global popularity and idolization by constant misrepresentations and falsifications.
Through it all, true Michael Jackson fans have not abandoned him. If anything, the harder Michael's opponents have tried to shove him into the depths, the harder his devotees have loved him and his courage in the midst of it all. Michael's continued endurance is a lesson in strength and resilience in the face of adversity and uncertainty. Michael's fans have learned well his lesson as they steadfastly brave the almost daily emotional roller coaster ride that is part of the experience of every Jackson supporter. They marvel at his seemingly inexhaustible courage and talents and applaud his victories. They laugh with him in his happiness, weep with him in his sorrow and pray for him in troubled times. Their hearts are warmed when he is embraced and bleed when he is ill-treated.
Throughout the stratospheric highs and seemingly cavernous lows that come with being a Michael Jackson fan, they remain loyal. They, like Michael, refuse to allow naysayers to steal their joy, obstruct their way or shape their opinions. They, like Michael, refuse to have their destiny defined or dictated by another. They also refuse to stand idly by as others attempt to deny Michael his rightfully earned legacy. Simply, Michael Jackson's fans are just like Michael in that they will not be deterred.
Because of their loyalty, Michael's fans are constantly summoned to put on full armor, stand on the front lines and fight. Oftentimes with their pen as their sword, they fight alongside and for Michael's right of humanity. By so doing, they fight for tolerance over prejudice, unconditional love over criticism; wisdom over ignorance and justice over inequality - not only for Michael, but for themselves as well. The battles are never-ending, hard-fought and often emotionally and physically exhausting. Still, rather than surrender or reconcile, Michael's fans resist and persist. They resist the attempts to persuade them to abandon Michael and all that he stands for. They forsake the notion that theirs is a lost cause. They refuse to renounce their support of Michael.
When the going gets tough, they press on. They share Michael's tribulations and the attacks to which he is subjected. They press on despite media's mockery and attempts to from dissuade them from their fight for Michael Jackson, a man most media and some others claim is undeserving of adoration.
Hazrat Inayat Khan once said, "God breaks the heart again and again until it stays open". Michael's devotees can see him as living proof of this, as he appears to be the embodiment of Khan's concept. His own heart has been broken much and his fans personally feel the pain of each break. By the grace of God, Michael's heart does not become hardened as a result of its frequent fractures. On the contrar his shattered heart allows for its tenderness and openness. Since out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks, Michael's fans are able to truly see the fullness of his heart when they listen to him express his longing for love and peace, fairness, acceptance, justice, understanding and positivism through song and speech.
As their efforts to break Jackson himself have continually proven unsuccessful, some Michael Jackson opponents have turned their focus on attacking his defenders. Time after time, the press uses condescending, defamatory terms to describe Michael's fans. Being referred to as "delusional" and "*****" has become an everyday occurrence for Jackson's supporters. However, Michael's devotees choose to ignore the media's juvenile name-calling and taglines. The fans refuse to allow the press's name-callings and taglines to affect or dissuade them. This is because Michael Jackson fans know that such name-calling and taglines are false and do not depict their true nature as intelligent, grounded individuals with a healthy admiration for Michael's vision, courage, and phenomenal talent and humanitarianism.
Michael Jackson's influence is truly global and thus so is his fan base. His detractors try to give the false impression that his fan base is minuscule as well as one-dimensional. Actually, Michael Jackson enthusiasts are nothing if not vast and multi-dimensional. They can be found on every continent, in every country worldwide. Michael's fans transcend racial, age and socioeconomic boundaries. The fact that Michael's fans are so diverse adds to their beauty.
Few entertainers, if any, can lay claim to having the dynamic and varied fan base of which Michael Jackson can boast. If it is true our lives are open books for others to read, then the fans' study of Michael Jackson has taught them more than they ever could have imagined they would learn about life, love and survival.
Michael Jackson is a living testament to the belief that whatever one dreams and desires for his or her life can be achieved. Michael lives by the mantra that love should have no limitations or conditions. Michael has shown that it is possible to not only stay alive, but to thrive with grace and fortitude despite adversity. By his own life Michael Jackson has taught his fans what it is to dream without fear, to create without boundaries, to listen without prejudice and to love without judgment.
Simply, Michael Jackson and his fans are a hard act to outshine.
Their loyalty, enthusiasm, intelligence and genuine adoration is unparalleled by other artists' fan communities. However, for all their love and loyalty, Michael Jackson's admiring fans will always be bested in one respect, for try as they might, no matter to what infinite degree they say and believe they love Michael Jackson, the King of Pop in true regal fashion, will always say and prove he loves them more ... "
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