The boy who knew too much: a child prodigy

This is the true story of scientific child prodigy, and former baby genius, Ainan Celeste Cawley, written by his father. It is the true story, too, of his gifted brothers and of all the Cawley family. I write also of child prodigy and genius in general: what it is, and how it is so often neglected in the modern world. As a society, we so often fail those we should most hope to see succeed: our gifted children and the gifted adults they become. Site Copyright: Valentine Cawley, 2006 +

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, dead of cardiac arrest, at 50.

Michael Jackson, the famed "King of Pop" is dead at 50. Initial reports say that he had a cardiac arrest and could not be revived. I have, however, some thoughts about that.

Few men, these days, die so young as Michael Jackson has. I think, though, that, in Michael Jackson's life, there were many contributing factors. Firstly, it is hard to either imagine or overstate, how much long term stress he must have had to endure. Michael Jackson was, in the last decade or so, always in the media, for the wrong reasons. He was constantly subject to unsavoury allegations - and, whether true or not, for I do not know, there is no doubt that this must have been intensely stressful. Then there was the fact that he was often in court for various reasons, that people were always suing him, for a multitude of reasons. He was never free of legal or media harrassment. I have the strong feeling that this would have created a stressful kind of life that may well have ushered forwards the date of his death, rather dramatically.

Michael Jackson was one of the world's most famous people. Whether he deserved to be, is another issue - but the fact that he was so famous, should not also mean that he is one of the world's most harrassed people. It is easily forgotten that famous people are people, too. Even the most famous of people deserves a life of relative peace, should they so wish it. No-one should have to endure constant legal battles, or constant media allegations (if not true).

Michael Jackson is dead - and it may well be that a great part of the reason is the large number of people who wanted a piece of him, in life, who saw in his supposed wealth, an opportunity to make a big buck, by suing him.

The world should learn to be more civilized and to leave even its most famous people, in peace, if they wish it. Sadly, however, those in Michael Jackson's situation, have no peace in this world, at all...they only find that, upon death.

Incidentally, I was not a fan of his work...though I did listen to it, when it played. So I do not write as a fan, but just as an observer of humanity.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sorry if i sound offensive but everythign you have written goes without saying and is just a list of facts. I usually read your blog expecting to find some insight, but nowadays you have sidetracked and are going downhill. Please go back to your old style of blogging.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Valentine Cawley said...

Hi Rachael,

Thanks for your comment. However, I don't think you understand what it means to maintain a blog over the scale of almost three years. The amount of time, on any given day, available to attend to a post, as well as the interests of the day, will vary...thus, so too, will the length, type and depth of post. No-one pays me to blog...I blog because I have something to say.

I am happy to hear that you like some of my posts...all you have to do is be patient with the other kinds, because all kinds will occur over time.

Kind regards

4:03 PM  

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