Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Jackson speaks of his religious upbringing

Yes, yes, it's the obligatory Michael Jackson post.

You can sure get a lot of insight into his mind when you read this. Not that you really needed it. Still, I just thought it was interesting. It's from the year 2000.

And as the standard disclaimer goes, publication does not signify endorsement.

But what I wanted more than anything was to be ordinary. So, in my world, the Sabbath was the day I was able to step away from my unique life and glimpse the everyday.

Sundays were my day for "Pioneering," the term used for the missionary work that Jehovah's Witnesses do. We would spend the day in the suburbs of Southern California, going door to door or making the rounds of a shopping mall, distributing our Watchtower magazine. I continued my pioneering work for years and years after my career had been launched.

Here's the thing. The ordinary was "fascinating" to him, but he lived anything by an ordinary life. Even the child-like world he tried to create was the furthest thing from "ordinary."