The death of Michael Jackson should have reminded us that death is not a gift, and to die is not a miracle. Yet, people acted as though his death was a gift and a miracle.
First, the corpse of Michael Jackson was placed in a gold coffin costing thousands of dollars. Then his coffin was transported in a police-escorted motorcade of luxurious Rolls Royces and Land Rovers. Next, there was an extravagant memorial service with a corpse as the center of attention. Finally, the city of Los Angeles spent more than $1 million to provide security for the spectacle. All this for a corpse -- while precious, innocent children go homeless and are dying of starvation.
Life is the gift and birth is the miracle. Therefore, let us focus our energy and resources on sustaining life, not glorifying death.