Michael Jackson Sang The Famous Line, If You Wan Na Make The World A Better Place

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If humanity takes the time to sit down and internalize, one of the questions coming to mind has to do with why is it often afraid of change? Change is in fact a big theme in the 1987 hit song “The Man in the Mirror ” (Appendix E), where the late artist Michael Jackson sang the famous line, “If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” Fast forward to a modern-day 2016 filled with political unrest, poverty, and waning human rights, Michael Jackson’s message of self-reflection eventually translating into social change finds its relevancy today, despite the song 's thirty-years-old tenure. It introduces the notion that all individuals in society are essentially human, even in spite of humanity 's tendency to demonize other belief systems. Even Saint Mother Theresa agreed with this point, once saying that “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” The only way to reconcile the fact that differences don’t corrupt our humanity is in society’s willingness to be flexible to different points of view and recognize the structures of prejudice in a modern context. What then is the harm in paring away our egos to realize that we all have something to bring to the table? Forms of art that even attempt to evoke this message of solidarity include poetry, which in itself is a free medium that poets utilize to express their thoughts and emotions. Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou, and

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