Michael Jackson’s Untimely Death…
reminds us about cultural orphans – doomed American post-IIWW generations molested by the cheap glamour of mass culture and through this distracted from becoming adults.

Mass culture of pop-music, pop-movies, athletic games, drugs, fun-, cheer-, fame- and money-making is a massive attempt to realize the dangerous utopia that children can live without adults, (more – that living without adults is the essence of democracy), that children can have their own ways regardless of the world of adults.

Children without adults are children without identification with adulthood. They are lost inside their very fixation on playing. They are abandoned inside their childish happiness. Generations of kids worshiped Michael for his success, for his resourceful dance of crotch touching combined with his glancing-to-the-sides pantomime, for him being them, for his, as if, refusal of adulthood for the sake of being with them, for his, as if, siding with them against the world of adulthood.

Michael Jackson is the brother of Marilyn Monroe, another eternal child living in the same country that does not give its youth real, existential right (only formal/theoretical one) and encouragement to get humanistic education to learn how to reach self-realization in an adult way.

I remember, when George Bush Sr. gave Michael, on the White House lawn, in front of endless cameras, something like an Honorary Diploma for being the best entertainer of the year – one of the four years of his presidency, I don’t remember which exactly. Michael was happy, and Bush looked condescending and calculating. Today this memory has awakened in me another one, well known to all Americans – Marilyn Monroe singing on a giant stage “Happy birthday, Mr. president” song to John Kennedy. Marilyn was high, and Kennedy was in the arch box. These two solemnly positive scenes are about the abuse of the child’s soul – about using the talented kids instead of creating an educational environment for the emotional and mental growth of American children.

Marilyn and Michael’s adulthood was stolen from them by a system that prefers children to stay children forever – to play and consume fun and toys and call it happiness and freedom – instead of growing up to develop critical thinking and adult needs – a basic prerequisite for society’s intellectual and moral progress.