August 5, 2009
Posted: 08:55 PM ET
Note: Jermaine Jackson will be Larry's exclusive guest Friday night.
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The tragedy of my brother's death is still with me. But in his death, I have found a mission for my life. My existence is now dedicated to spreading Michael's message. Michael had a unique place in the world. He not only did good, but taught others how to do the same. This only magnifies his loss to the world.
I want to make people aware of the humanitarian side of Michael. I want to show them how his true emphasis wasn't music, or performing; it was improving the world. Understand this, and you begin to understand the essence of who my brother was.
Michael wanted to help people see the problems that are destroying our world. That's what he was about, and what HIS upcoming shows were about. He was trying to teach through his lyrics, video and performance. He wanted to use every part of himself to show us what we are capable of becoming. His goal was to demonstrate to people that if we all just try to make world a better place, it will be.
Michael did charity work all his life – since we first started performing as the Jackson 5. He quickly learned talent alone means nothing – it's what you do with it that really matters. What are you doing to make things better for other people? In grasping this, Michael found his purpose: Entertain and educate at the same time.
Michael grew to understand why the world is in the state it is. He would ask "Why?" but not get trapped in trying to find reasons for each and every problem. His aim was finding solutions. His message was about solutions. Michael's day-to-day thought process was: "How do I make the world a better place?" He dedicated his existence to responding to this question, and to giving a voice to those who can't speak out for themselves.
Michael always looked for the good in people, but he also wanted people to understand him, and what he was here for. This made the ridicule he endured so much harder to bear. How can someone who gave so much, be the subject of so much hate? Why is it, the more blessed we are, the tougher our times are destined to be?
My brother wasn't a threat to anyone. He was at peace, and his peaceful state was a blessing from God. Michael was given the rare talent to entertain, sing and perform. But the true blessing God gave him was the ability to use his talents to do good for others. Michael's songs inspired us to do better. That was his true gift.
We still feel Michael's loss. But what will happen as time passes? What will happen to Michael's real purpose for being? Who can carry on Michael's work selflessly, without ulterior motive? Nations and governments are capable of good deeds, but those good deeds are too often done to exert control over others. Michael never wanted to control anybody, he only wanted to spread happiness and joy.
Michael supported over 30 different charities. Most people, even the most generous, focus their efforts on just a handful. But Michael was different. He would personally check every charity he supported. He'd examine their track records make sure they did what they said they would do.
Michael's generosity extended beyond the charities he supported. When a girl needed a liver transplant and no one wanted to pay for it, Michael took care of it. No fanfare, no publicity. There are so many cases like this! Many of them, I myself, am just beginning to learn about.
Every time Michael traveled to another country, he would devote time to visiting hospitals, orphanages, cancer patients. That was his calling. In every corner of the globe, this was his routine. The world needs to know this is who he was. Because while there were always cameras following him, the media didn't tell the story of his caring and compassion. They only wanted to sensationalize him.
Michael didn't care if we knew everything he did for people, because God knows. God knows his intentions, and knows the results. I know my brother is in a very secure, serene, peaceful place. When we live on earth, we are judged not only by who we are, but also by what we do for others. When we leave, we take the good and bad deeds with us. Michael took nothing but good deeds with him.
Michael and I were raised to believe there is a Supreme Being. Having success told us God had a plan for us. Michael used his success in a positive way. He knew that it's not what you get from others, it's what you do for others. We all achieve things in life, but the greatest achievement is doing God's work. Michael was a man of God because he was doing His work. Eternal life is the ultimate reward from God – and Michael has eternal life.
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