Heal The World Written by Hannatu Musawa
There’s a place in your heart/ And i know that it is love/ And this place could /Be much /Brighter than tomorrow/ And if you really try/ You’ll find there’s no need/ To cry/ in this place you’ll feel/ There’s no hurt or sorrow/ There are ways/ To get there/If you care enough for the living/Make a little space/ Make a better place…
In the song, Heal the World, that place in our hearts which the song urges us to seek is one that has the power to widen our individual perspectives to include the well-being of the whole world and its future generations through each of our thoughts and actions.
Heal the World is a song from Michael Jackson’s hit album, Dangerous, which was released in 1991. It speaks of peace and compels each and every individual to contribute their quota in order to change the world for the better; a change that marshals in a renewed dedication to widespread moral values, which puts an end to disagreements peacefully, through discourse instead of violence; a change that upholds human dignity and human responsibility and promotes empathy and kindness.
Of all his songs, Michael Jackson said, “Heal the World” was the song that he was most proud to have written. As I recall the message of love and peace that he gave the world through his music and the stories of unity, understanding and patience that he told through his work, I am comforted by the fact that the loss of Michael is one that will never be forgotten. Five years on since that dreadful day of June 25th, 2009 when the world woke to the shocking news that the King of Pop had passed away, the sadness that those of us who adored Michael and appreciated his philanthropy, music and message feel is still there.
Every year, since his death, on the anniversary of his loss, I have written a tribute to Michael. This year, amidst all the turmoil and conflict that is raging all over the world, I felt it would be fitting to reflect on the message of peace that Michael was so desperate to spread in his most cherished creation, Heal the world.
In some of his past interviews, Michael referred to the song as being about man’s inhumanity to his fellow man, a development that we are all too aware of as we watch in disbelief as human beings maim, slaughter, rape, massacre, abduct, bomb and commit the most horrific crimes against other fellow human beings. All the horrors that are presently taking place world-wide are avoidable if we each take the responsibility upon ourselves and embrace the message of peace and change or heal the world from what it has become.
When one focuses on their mortality, one finds that there are much more important things than politics or government, money or material possessions, desire and ambition, there is right and wrong, good and bad, salvation and humanity.
When each of us was born, we each came with the traits necessary for man’s being. We each were naturally provided with the ability to be kind, to nurture and care for each other. While, not everybody in human creation has these qualities in equal measures, the fact still remains that every human being created has the capacity to possess such positive qualities.
If each of us strived to maintain and develop our positive qualities and advance our human values, our differences of religious faith, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, literacy or economic divide would be of no negative consequence. If we, as human beings, each concentrate on encouraging good human relations between our different identities, we have the power to heal the world. All the turmoil that is playing out all over the world is created, orchestrated and developed with us and it is only from within that we can stop the world from bleeding.
Often times it is much easier for us to push the responsibilities for working for peace on our leaders, but in reality, the duty lies with each of us. For peace to have a chance in the world, then the search for peace must start within each one of us and within a sincere effort to take responsibility for each other. When we are kind to others, we naturally develop inner peace and when we resolve to search for and practice peace; it is inevitable for us to be at peace with those around us. And if within our communities, we live in a state of peace, the communities next to us benefit from that peace.
While it may be the norm for Michael’s message of peace to be seen as unrealistic, almost as if he speaks of some kind of utopia found only in Children’s bed time stories, if one really thinks of some of his messages, they are not really all that farfetched. In Heal the world, he appeals for people to show love, care and need to the children who are suffering and people who are victims of wars and poverty. When any of us are facing challenges in our lives, we regularly look towards others who maybe people we know or maybe strangers for assistance or support. There is not one person in this world who has not had to unconditionally rely on another for help throughout their adulthood. There are times when each of us have had to rely on the help of another person whom we have no common identity or connection to. When circumstances arise where we have had to seek assistance from another, we do not stop to know who people are before we ask for help. And in the instances where we each have helped others, we do not ask their identity before we offer them help. We each have helped others because they are human beings like us and others have helped us for exactly the same reason.
Quelle: leadership.ng / Hannatu Musawa / MJ-Upbeat.com