Dr. Patrick Treacy -
MJJJusticeProject has initiated a new campaign – Be a Vanguard for Michael We are highlighting, one of these fiercest Vanguards of Michael jackson: Dr. Patrick Treacy. Dr. Treacy has been interviewed on many occasion regarding Michael; his personality, his character, his truth. Dr. Treacy makes no secret that he admires Michael Jackson, and his message of respect for humanity and the world. His courage in speaking out for a man who has been a victim of massive media character assassination, says a lot about the quality of this man’s soul, his strong convictions and his need to speak out in an accordance with his beliefs. This is a testament of courage.
He said in a television interview “In Mahavanain Buddhism, there is an enlightened existence known as the ‘bodhisattva’ who decides to postpone attainment of nirvana in order to alleviate the suffering of others. In my own lifetime, I have been fortunate to have met some of these visionaries, Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Bono, John Lennon and Michael Jackson”. He continued “Only five people in nearly half a century, just enough to count on the fingers of one hand. Each of them, intrinsically motivated by a sense of great compassion, generating bodhicitta for the ultimate benefit of all sentient beings. All of these people, hugely influential, global messengers using their powers to try and make the world a better place for each of us to live in. Nelson Mandela stood against the injustice of apartheid, Mother Theresa and Bono against the injustice of poverty, John Lennon against the injustice of war but Michael Jackson went further. His body of artistic work carried a spiritual message for these and all of the other injustices of the human race…those of racism, inequality, disease, hunger and corruption.!”
We appreciate Dr. Treacy ‘s frontline position as a MJJJP Vanguard for Michael as his voice is resonating along with all of the other members in the MJ Global family. Please listen to Dr. Treacy’s interview on blog talk radio regarding the ridiculous notion that Michael was somehow an addled brain drug addict:
Dr. Treacy knew Michael and understood the intelligence and the natural curiosity of this man and refuses to believe all the machinations of the biased media. WE encourage others to be like Dr. Treacy and spread Michael’s truth. You don’t have to be a prominent physician, movie star, singer, religious leader or politician to stand up for Michael. In fact, it’s the faceless millions of us who are unified and pushing out our brother’s message of RESPECT, who will make a difference, and change the world. His unconditional love of the world and his need to alleviate suffering in it, was all based on his respect for mankind.
UPDATE: June 22, 2011 Youtube video
Dr. Patrick Treacy gave a speech at Gardner School Elementary
Fifty three years ago, a young black boy was born in a small town in Indiana. This was a different time, a time when the African-American Civil Rights Movement tried to gain freedom from oppression by white Americans.
It was also a time when the next generation of post-war Americans were growing up, the sons of soldiers who had freed prisoners from the tyranny of prison camps like Auswitch and Buchenwald, a time when all of Europe was filled with a profound and abiding gratitude to the American people.
As Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust said in a speech to an important gathering of White House dignitaries in 1999 ‘Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being’.
And gratitude is what we should now have today for that young American black boy. His name was Michael Jackson, someone I am privileged to call my friend, somebody who often stood alone to fend for the children in the world, for the destitute, for the victims of disease and injustice.
Michael was very troubled by the suffering he saw in the world and even more to the indifference to it. His first words to me when we met were
‘Thank you so much for helping the people of Africa’.
There were no airs and graces, no pomp and circumstance and his only concern was for the lives of other people who lived on a different continent than the one in which either of us were born.
I had been to Africa and seen the devastation of the plague of HIV at first hand and when we discussed it, there was tears in his eyes and he said we had to do something together for the people of Africa.
He planned to hold a great concert in Rwanda and we would fly there together in his private plane and then down to see his great friend, Nelson Mandela. Sadly, these events were not to happen and the world lost one of its great humanitarians.
In that speech, Elie Wiesel had also some words to say about indifference. He said ‘To be indifferent to the suffering in the world is what makes the human being inhuman’.
For the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbour is of no consequence. Their lives are meaningless as indifference reduces the other to an abstraction. Indifference always benefits the aggressor — never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten.
Michael Jackson felt that pain, not just for the hungry children, but for himself when the people of America remained indifferent to the injustice that was perpetrated upon him making him a virtual prisoner in his own land, causing him to flee to the Middle East and eventually find solitude in Ireland, my home.
What an irony that someone who cared so much about the rest of humanity was rejected by his own. It was a pain he felt deeply and one that on occasion he discussed with me, but mostly he did not want to talk about it and I never opened those painful memories …being like him, exiles beyond the norm.
Michael Jackson was never indifferent. He brought light where there was darkness, hope where there was despair; he never turned away from cruelty when he could give compassion.
We have just started a new century, a new millennium. The first ten years have been some of the most brutal the planet has ever encountered. The century started with terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon. These actions dragged this great nation into conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been wars in over twenty countries, which cast a dark shadow over humanity: So much violence, so much pain…..
If there is one thing to do today, to preserve Michael Jackson’s memory — that is not be remain indifferent to the suffering we see all around us in the World.
There are times when I feel God has abandoned this world, the terrible earthquake in Haiti where bodies were cut from building by hacksaw, the funeral undertakers in Zambia where the coffin-makers work banging nails in wood late into the night, the streets of Northern Ireland where throats are cut for pronouncing a word on a beer bottle with the wrong accent.
I have lived in Baghdad, I have been a prisoner of Saddam Hussein, I carry the war wounds of Northern Ireland and I say to you here today that there is a God who looks down on all of this wrong and he brought us Michael Jackson to help to solve it….
Over seventy years ago a ship with a human cargo of one thousand Jews — was turned away from the port of St. Louis back to Nazi Germany. The ship, which was already on the shores of the United States, was sent back and the people left to the fate of the dictator.
This happened in America, a country with the greatest democracy, the most generous of all new nations in modern history. It is happening again today, with the bombing and terrorization of innocent children on foreign shores. Don’t let it happen, stand up for the things Michael stood for, to wipe out injustice, to combat disease and try and save the planet we live in.
What will the legacy of Michael Jackson? How will he be remembered by generations as yet unborn?
Let’s be grateful to God that he sent us such an angel to live amongst us for a while and let us not be indifferent to the wrongs we see around us. If Michael ever wanted us to do one thing that would make him happy as he looks down over us today it would be not to turn away from the victims of oppression and aggression and if in doubt about ever knowing what how to act….just think
….’What Would Michael Do?’ June 22, 2011
10 January 2011 03:38 PM