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My Personal Tale:
Reflections on Persecution of the Talented, Sensitive, and Unique; and Culture’s Sick and Contradictory Purposes
Part One: Fathers, Sons, and Everyone Inherits a Laundry Room
by SillyMickel Adzema
text + audio rendition created, produced, performed by SillyMickel Adzema
Prologue: Touched by Michael’s Story
For days I’ve been pondering Michael Jackson’s life and his tragic and unfair persecution for basically succeeding at what our religion and culture say are the aims of life. (See my article titled, “Message from Michael.” In fact, it would be best to read that article before this one, as then this story will come across as more like a case study in the kinds of cultural processes I describe there. And one will get a lot more out of this read.)
I’d written an article in 2004 defending him during his persecution. I highlighted that article
after he died in honor of his memory. Additionally, I published an audio clip of that article on Entertonement.com
I’d written an article in 2004 defending him during his persecution. I highlighted that article on this site after he died in honor of his memory. Additionally, I published an audio clip of that article on Entertonement.com, which clip is a personal reading of my 2004 article. I decided to do the reading for Michael and to do it with the flavor and style, also the passion, I’d intended for the article originally.
This heartfelt, personal reading ended up including some updates and comments, some personal asides of my own, and some unplanned eulogy-type passages that came out of me, as I got caught up in remembering how Michael had been scapegoated. As a result of this immersion in Michael, I was inspired to write “Message from Michael,” in which I evaluated what one should take from a life with such soaring highs and then a crashing to Earth heard round the world.
All of this got me to thinking about culture’s double-fuck on us all: First, in its brutally separating us from our source of life, guidance, and inspiration and creating a blank slate at birth, which would otherwise have been a map of life, with contact numbers directly to God and technical assistance angels — a kind of Jacob’s Ladder for when the going got rough; then, culture tells you to be an individual and aspire to greatness and puts up examples of people who have done so and made a difference for their society and the world; and then culture punishes severely any one who is exceptional and shows it and/or strives to do exactly as the cultural teachings were inspiring him or her to do.