Ecclesiastes 7:1…..A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.
Death is the final cessation or termination of existence. In the case of this article a “Good Name” speaks of a reputation and a legacy. A “good name” is a good reputation, where the name alone evokes thoughts of a great person, such as the name David had in Israel. A legacy, in historical terms, is something that is handed down from one period of time to another period of time. A historical legacy can be a positive thing or a negative thing. Source
Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. Source
We are not born with good names but they are given to us upon arrival. We build on what has been given to us and our legacies begin to take shape as we move forward with the construction of that foundation, using the tools that have been handed down to us. At times we may take a turn in error or lay down some material not so promising to keep the storm from destroying that which we have built. Many have attempted, for decades, to destroy what Michael Jackson worked so hard to build and it is time for the viciousness to be put to rest.
The name Michael Jackson is one that’s esteemed globally. He has the greatest fan base in the world. They are not well received by many but that is only because they labor to protect his name, not to protect any wrong doings, but the good name he left behind.
Personally, I never supposed Michael Jackson to be a perfect man but a good man who strived for excellence. Although many will continue to call him a “Perfect” man he never accomplished that task, because no human is capable. However, he portrayed a great illusion of perfection. As the saying goes, “Things are rarely what they seem.” Beneath the complicated layers of illusion stand imperfect people with very imperfect lives. Source
King David was one such person. Despite the fact that he was chosen by God to be King and despite his many successes as King, David remained a very imperfect man who led an imperfect life. He struggled with issues prevalent today: temptation, greed, dishonesty, and adultery among them. His sins were numerous and devastating. His walk with God faltered. Yet despite his imperfection, David was a man who sought God. Despite David’s imperfection, God did not turn away from him.
King David was not a perfect man but a good man. He was counted and is noted to be a man after God’s own heart. Yet, history reveals that David committed some shocking acts and the memory of King David is blessed. He is still well thought of today. Proverbs 10:7 – The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.
I can assure you that Michael Jackson is also such a man. His name will not rot but he will be remembered and honored for many decades to come. Four years has passed since his death and he is still being remembered and his name is blessed among men all over the world.
It is not by sheer coincidence a warning was announced by the AEG legal team that some horrible and definite revelations would be unearthed with a negative reference to Michael Jackson; and we get that. Surely that promise has been kept. It is my opinion that this threat was made to encourage Mrs. Jackson to drop the lawsuit and I am glad she did not. At what cost should she give up the right to find out what actually happened to her son? For that, I salute her. We have to stand up for we were not given the spirit of fear but of power, a sound mind and love.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Now, we have another onslaught of tabloid foolishness accusing Mr. Jackson of paying millions of dollars as hush money to victims he supposedly molested. We then have a good friend who gave sworn testimony eight years ago that Michael was innocent and had never touched a child in a demeaning way. After four years of his passing this “friend” threatens Michael Jackson’s estate with a lawsuit. IF these things are true, and I have no doubt they are lies, why did the accuser not go to the police or just tell his story. His first stop was to the Estate managers with the intent of being paid. What is more important, the truth or getting paid? We get that too.
Let me be clear, the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates DO NOT advocate against victims of sexual abuse whether they be children or adults. In fact these offenders should be punished immediately and harshly. However, it has been proven in a court of law that Michael Jackson was innocent of the alleged charges of child molestation. How long will those who loathe or secretly hate him continue to extort him financially and morally? Though his body is no longer available to receive the continued jabs, they have now been transferred to his family and especially to his three children. They now suffer the continued and unexpected thrusts of those jabs.
It is reprehensible to continue to damage or to slay a person’s reputation by promoting rumor, innuendo, gossip and sensationalism as fact after they can no longer protect themselves. Hiding behind the First Amendment, while exploiting the names of the deceased for entertainment and profit, is not honorable.
A person’s Legacy is defined as how they are remembered; what contributions they made while they were alive. Timeless parts of themselves are passed on to others leaving hope for the future.
It is time for those in authoritative positions and/or leaders to take a stand against irresponsible journalism and fight to protect the rights of those who can no longer fight for themselves. These continued and debasing attacks on Michael Jackson’s name is, simply put, an attempt to bring “Death to his good name”.
How much longer will those of us who believe in the memory and excellence of this good man, Michael Jackson, have to battle unaided by the managers of his estate to protect and preserve his legacy? It seems to be a never ending combat zone, but yet we stand strong and will not stop until we are heard. Will the Estate Managers’ take a position on the latest allegations of child molestation? Will you allow your voices to be counted among ours? At what cost will we continue to allow this man’s name to be murdered? Michael Jackson has a global network of soldiers to support you; speak up for this man.
Until one can learn how to separate FACT from CONJECTURE they should have nothing to say. So far the estate managers have done a fairly decent job preserving Mr. Jackson’s assets but what will they do to protect and preserve the name attached to those assets?
Mr. Michael Jackson’s name will not ROT. We will keep it nourished with LOVE along with the presentation of FACTS.
MJ Brookins, CAD
CADeflaw’s goal is simple. We wish to include the deceased among those who can be legally defamed in California and give their families a statute upon which to base a civil cause of action. Support the Cadeflaw Initiative by signing the petition. Protect and Preserve the Legacy of those deceased.
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