The King is Dead! Long Live the Hero!

June 25th, 2009

Michael Jackson in 1984The King of Pop is dead and all the world’s astir. As has been done to the heroes of old, many epic tales will be told of Michael Jackson’s life. In my view, he is a true modern hero. Not in the western sanitized sense, where one lives a sinless life giving everything to others, but a hero in the ancient, true sense. The ancient Greeks and Romans saw heroes as mortals who, through an intimate connection with the divine, performed great feats. They were mortals who rose above their mortality through their awe-inspiring works.

Few can argue that Michael Jackson did awe-inspiring acts. He not only sold a lot of albums and Pepsi, he had a significant influence on the course of modern music and dance. Many artists and dancers credit him as their muse, though they use different words such as “influence.” Now that he is free of his earthly body, he can be the muse of even more on a higher level.

Another criterion for being a true hero is an intimate connection to the divine, usually through either heredity or a gift. Michael Jackson had a divine gift. The joy and happiness he brought to millions (or probably billions) of people is unequaled except by maybe Elvis Presley. His life was devoted to experiencing and sharing joy. He was a vocal virtuoso and a genius of dance at a level that cannot be attained through practice and training alone. To reach a level as he, it takes a divine gift.

The biggest problem for him was that the world does not operate on the same level as he. He was unable to truly connect with the world. He did not belong in society. As a result, his behavior was frequently confused and inappropriate to society’s standards. Sometimes it was downright naive.

He lived in higher planes, primarily Yesod, rarely returning to the earthly plane. Yesod is the sephira of illusion and dreams (and delusion) on the Hebrew Tree of Life. He was frequently accused of living in a fantasy world. The accusations were true. His world was one of eternal joy, but yet he was physically in the plane of Malkuth (kingdom/earth). He was at times able to reconcile the two and become a bridge. When it happened, it was electrifying to all who witnessed it. When he failed at creating and maintaining the bridge, it was disastrous to him and to those who were close to him.

Though I was not really a fan of Michael Jackson beyond Thriller, I always admired him as a living hero. He lived his life according to what he wanted, even when others told him to follow their norms and conventions. Being conventional was very much against his nature, as it is with most who truly connect with divinity. He honored his Great Work of expressing and sharing joy as best he could, even if he didn’t necessarily think of it in those terms.

I cannot say that I understand all that he did and all that the media accused him of doing. But that is part of the Mystery of the Hero. All heroes are human and do supremely stupid things sometimes (as we all do). That is what makes them approachable by the rest of society. They would be impossible to relate with if they did not. Take King David, seen by both Jews and Christians as a true hero. He performed epic tasks, such as slaying the great Goliath. But he was human and did things that cost him dearly, such as seducing Bathsheba (and getting caught).

We can connect with Michael Jackson (the hero) through his missteps. We can’t do this with modern, sanitized “heroes” who have no sins. Just think of what you might have in common with sanitized heroes as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. Their stories (as taught in schools) are so lacking in human folly that we just think they were a different kind of person who we cannot possibly aspire to be. Thus, we long for the “good ol’ days” that never were.

Our society is suffering from a serious lack of true heroes, people who we can be inspired by. The stories told today about supposed “heroes,” such as Jack Bauer, Jean Luc Picard and others promoted by the media try to show what we should aspire to, but leave us with no bridge to connect with them. People are left feeling completely inadequate and powerless. Who can always know what to do and never make more than minor mistakes, such as they? Who in real life can possibly solve their problems within a 1-hour episode? Or even within 24 episodes?

Though I am saddened by his passing from this earth, I have great happiness that Michael Jackson can now live on in a land of eternal joy. He is now free to share it with even more people on a deeper level through his heroic spirit. Anyone who wishes to share the joy and happiness he expressed can ask him for assistance through prayer and spellwork. They can pay homage and offerings to him on their hero altar if they so choose. And through his passing, he lives on as the hero he was destined to be.

The King is dead! Long live the Hero!

2 Responses to “The King is Dead! Long Live the Hero!”

  1. Christa Says:

    I have goose bumps all over my body reading this article. Nobody could have said it in a better way. Yes, the King is dead, but the Hero will live!
    from South Africa.

  2. Morninghawk Says:

    Thank you for the kind compliments.
    Blessed be.

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