Twelve years ago, Michael Jackson visited Oxford University to give a lecture. He spoke about relationships. About being a parent and forgiving our parents. He highlighted the importance of simple acts such as reading a bedtime story. And he advised us, as he always did, to love one another. Although I read his speech when I was barely finishing high school (many, many years ago!), it struck a chord with me and I’ve always remembered these words…
If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can he dealt with. A professor may degrade you, but you will not feel degraded, a boss may crush you, but you will not be crushed, a corporate gladiator might vanquish you, but you will still triumph. How could any of them truly prevail in pulling you down? For you know that you are an object worthy of love. The rest is just packaging.
You can either read the whole transcript or hear Michael deliver his speech here.
PS. My earliest memory of Michael Jackson.