Neverland Ranch; how is this a question?
I caught in the news recently that Michael’s 2700-acre Neverland Ranch was being put up for sale. Of course this rang a note of sadness in my heart: another piece of the magic fading away.
I really don’t see another artist that could do all the things he did and especially not on such a global scale. Regardless of how hard artists may work, today’s entertainment industry is too scattered. There is no longer that kind of cohesion of audience that radio and television had and from which recording artists were launched into stardom.
In a way, the fragmentation that exists today makes things a bit easier for many more artists to get into the industry without having to go through the pressure-cooker machine of yester-year.
But maybe, and I do hope, I’m wrong on that. The question is, is our social media power of today capable of promoting and supporting a performing artist to such magnitude as was Michael Jackson? Hmm. I don’t know. Maybe?
Back to the ranch though. From what I have read, heard in interviews and seen on tape, starting in his own childhood one of Michael’s intents was to help children. He donated countless amounts of money and made hundreds of visits to children’s hospitals, orphanages and schools all over the world. Sometimes the donation dollars came very nearly directly from his performances. From what I understand, he donated all the ticket sales from his global “Victory” tour to charity (ref: his book, “Moon Walk”).
Given that portion of his life-work, it seems obvious to me that Neverland Ranch should of course become a children’s healing center. A place where children could heal through art, music, dance and just being. If you and I want to approach this from a belief in Spirits/Ghosts, I believe making his old ranch into such a place of healing would have probably made him very happy.
It seems so very obvious. What puzzles me is why it hasn’t already been done? It’s not like you and I are the only ones who know of his philanthropic works. So what’s the deal, right? How come Neverland Ranch isn’t already a healing center for children?
Even for those who feel the allegations made against him were true (which myself, personally, do not feel those were true at all), it should make even more sense the ranch should be a center for healing. Again, it all seems poignantly obvious to my eyes.
The problem, I believe, is quite sadly and of course the lack of the captain at the helm. Without Michael steering that ship, it’s beginning very slowly to sink. (I know, it brings tears to my eyes, too.) I mean, that is unless some other folks in the industry step up and so far I’ve not seen that happening. Have you?
I wish, truly wish, I had the money to buy Neverland Ranch because I would, in his honor and memory, get it made into a children’s healing center. In a heartbeat!
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens, eh? Maybe, just maybe, there is someone out there of means who will take on Neverland Ranch and continue the Spirit of healing?