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  • Mika A
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Why do we revere people dead when we didn't care about them alive?

What is it about death that makes us change our perceptions of a person or at least act like those perceptions have changed.
I mean why is it that when people we hardly paid attention to die, we all of a sudden begin to act like they were so important and the world would be lost without them.

Is it because we feel bad for not appreciating them in their lifetime? Is it because there was nothing substantial to appreciate in their lifetime but we don’t want them to seem like non- achievers on their death? Is it because we hope people would do the same for us when we die? Is it that the “shock and sadness” only allows us remember the good things they did?

For example during MJ's final years all he got were abuses from the media and general population (paedophile, irresponsible father, to name a few) but he dies and everyone suddenly realises he is the "King of POP"?


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  • Aug 15 2011: not on the general topic but only related to your Michael Jackson reference..

    When he was alive he had the potential to be a threat to the safety and security of other potential victims (if he was in fact a pedophile, i don't know the details and it doesn't really interest me) Therefore the negative attention was for the perceived protection of the "herd" so that people would know not to allow their children into a situation where he may harm them

    Now that he is dead there is no way that he can hurt anyone, thus no warning and/or fear is needed as dead people do not commit crimes or hurt others. This negative attention is no longer necessary as it does not help us in any way or keep anyone safe anymore.

    However, none of the pedophilia had anything to do with his creations as an artist, and he was a very talented artist who's music and emotional journeys can inspire and motive. His words have the power to change the world into a better place just as they did before he was deemed a threat. So now the positive attention is being drawn to something that can help people.

    The personal character flaws mattered in life because they could happen again to more people
    They do not matter in death because he could never have another victim

    The art matters in the same way that it always has
    • Mika A

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      Aug 16 2011: I can understand that line of thinking. What I fail to see however is how his status as a "threat" should affect people's perceptions of his musical talent. Maybe it is impossible for us as humans to separate sentiments from fact. I mean if he's a good musician, why should his "criminal tendencies" be the veil that prevents us from seeing that. Or is it that his music somehow got better when he died? LOL

      I understand the concept of him no longer being able to hurt anyone assuming he did (I too have no intention to plunge into that argument) but when he died people also remarked about his “gentle and loving soul”. Why did they not make such comments about him before he died is my question and isn’t it contradictory that a paedophile has a gentle and loving soul?

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