Making a difference! Are we ready and willing?

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(A discussion on Michael Jackson’s song Man in the Mirror)

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Lyrics 

I’m Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin’ My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer’s Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man’s Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya’ Know
‘Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That’s Why I Want You To
Know

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

I’ve Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It’s Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They’re Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody’s Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya’ See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That’s Why I’m Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

I’m Starting With The Man In
The Mirror…

Faith Commentary

MJ’s Man in the Mirror is in the top ten charts again. I absolutely adore this song. There are needs all around us and sometimes we pretend not to see the hurts, cries and needs (or may be its easy to look the other way). We are victims of selfish kind of love that is obsessed with a ‘me-my-and I’ perspective.

But… if we can make that extra effort and look, we can see people with no home, not a nickel to loan and all alone. Perhaps, it time to make a difference in the lives of people. And we need to ask the man in the mirror to make the change. If we wanna make the world a better place, then we need to take a look at ourselves and make that change. Today. Everyday.

I have been looking (actually browsing) for information about child soldiers this week. It was really sad to read about their hapless lives, their aches, their cries for freedom, their trauma and the horror of war. Can we/I make a change? Is there anyone who make a difference.

I was personally touched by the story behind the documentary Invisible children. See http://therescue.invisiblechildren.com/

Back in 2003 these three young filmmakers Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole discovered the reality of child soldiers when they travelled to Africa in search of a story. After returning to the States, they created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut“, a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.

The story of the invisible children has sparked a grassroots movement mobilizing thousands to get involved in rebuilding war-torn schools in northern Uganda and providing scholarships to African youth.

I guess there’s so much we can do (if only we want to). We can make the change. We need to look around. Get involved. We need to look at the Man in the Mirror and say…

I’m Gonna Make A Change,

For Once In My Life

It’s Gonna Feel Real Good,

Gonna Make A Difference

Gonna Make It Right . . 

The world needs to be a better place. Mahatma Gandhi said, “I want to be the change that I want to see”. Well… it takes courage to be the change. It takes more courage to look at the Man in the Mirror and ask him to make that change. MJ’s gone.

But… these words will be long remembered, “If we wanna make the world a better place, then look at yourself and make that change”.

Are we ready and willing?

Quesstions for further discussion ( Prepared by Samuel Thambusamy)

  1. what is this song about?
  2. What do you think is wrong with our world today? Why is it important to make a difference? Can we make a difference in our world today?
  3. what are the contemporary stories of people making a difference in our world today?
  4. What are some things around us that we can change and make the world a better place? Why is important for us to start with the man in the mirror and ask him to change his ways?
  5. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see”. Comment!
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Be careful what you wish for!

(Discussion based on Pussy Cat dolls’ song when I grow up)

Video

Boys call you sexy (What’s up, sexy)
And you don’t care what they say
See, every time you turn around
They scream your name

Now I’ve got a confession
When I was young I wanted attention
And I promised myself that I’d do anything
Anything at all for them to notice me

But I ain’t complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You know what it’s like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
‘Cause see when I was younger I would say

When I grow up
I wanna be famous
I wanna be a star
I wanna be in movies

When I grow up
I wanna see the world
Drive nice cars
I wanna have groupies

When I grow up
Be on TV
People know me
Be on magazines

When I grow up
Fresh and clean
Number one chick when I step out on the scene

But be careful what you wish for
‘Cause you just might get it
But you just might get it
But You just might get it

They used to tell me I was silly
Until I popped up on the TV
I always wanted to be a superstar
And knew that singing songs would get me this far

But I ain’t complaining
We all wanna be famous
So go ahead and say what you wanna say
You know what it’s like to be nameless
Want them to know what your name is
‘Cause see, when I was younger I would say

I see them staring at me
Oh I’m a trendsetter
Yes this is true ’cause what I do, no one can do it better
You can talk about me
‘Cause I’m a hot topic
I see you watching me, watching me, and I know you want it

Be careful what you wish for
‘Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it

Questions for discussion (by Samuel Thambusamy)

What is this song all about?
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When I grow up /I wanna be famous/I wanna be a star/I wanna be in movies/ When I grow up/I wanna see the world/Drive nice cars/I wanna have groupies /When I grow up/Be on TV/People know me/Be on magazines / When I grow up/ Fresh and clean/ Number one chick when I step out on the scene


What do you want to be when you grow up? Why?

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When I was young I wanted attention And I promised myself that I’d do anything Anything at all for them to notice me. Why do young people seek attention? What do young people do to get the attention (in your context/s)? What do you think about these?
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They used to tell me I was silly Until I popped up on the TV. We live in a success oriented world. Nothing succeeds like success. How does success redefine what we do and say?
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We all wanna be famous. Sociologist talk about the Page 3 phenomenon. What do you think about this?

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I’m a trendsetter / Yes this is true ’cause what I do, no one can do it better/You can talk about me/’Cause I’m a hot topic / I see you watching me, watching me, and I know you want it. How much of what we are and what we do is for others? How much of it is to be noticed? and talked about? How much of it is really for ourselves?

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Be careful what you wish for/ ‘Cause you just might get it/ You just might get it/ You just might get it. Why must we be careful about what we wish for? If we get what we want if there a problem?