Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Golden Rule is an ethical code that states one has a right to just treatment, and a responsibility to ensure justice for others.
So my last post was very religious. Sorry to those of you who take issue. I have decided since that post to leave the church tell they can get their shit together. But you know it's not just them, with this insanity. What ever happened to the golden rule? You know the basic concept that all major religions and philosophy's teach in some way or another. When did we get so into ourselves, and so far away from each other?
I have a hard time with this "take care of number one" ideal people want to live in. Isn't life better when we take care of each other too? Sure there are times to be selfish and "remove the plank" from your eye first, but why do we let each other fall off cliffs?
I recently have been watching and reading about the life of Freddie Mercury. What a gift to the world he was. I love his music, his charisma, his love of life and love of freedom. It was such a shame that he waited tell his death bed to share his issue with the world. Many would who were just not knoladgeable about it would have liked to have helped him and the AIDS fight sooner (I was only 11, but still). In his final statement he said this:
"Following the enormous conjecture in the press over the last two weeks, I wish to confirm that I have been tested HIV positive and have AIDS. I felt it correct to keep this information private to date to protect the privacy of those around me. However, the time has come now for my friends and fans around the world to know the truth and I hope that everyone will join with me, my doctors, and all those worldwide in the fight against this terrible disease. My privacy has always been very special to me and I am famous for my lack of interviews. Please understand this policy will continue."
Of course we should continue that fight even after he died, but what if he had come out earlier about his status? I'm not saying he would have lived had he helped raise money to fight HIV/AIDS. But, given more famous attention, he could have made this a much larger issue years earlier, and helped a lot of minds get use to the idea that AIDS is everyone's problem, and that it should be everyone's responsibility to ensure this disease is stopped someday.
I love Freddie's music and much of his resolve as he says in Bicycle Race
"I don't wanna be the President of America
You say smile I say cheese
Cartier I say please
Income tax I say Jesus
I don't wanna be a candidate for
Vietnam or Watergate
Cause all I wanna do is
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
There was an over all theme to the song that all he wanted was to be happy with his life with no consequences and not be the "candidate" for anything. Don't we all. I wish life was like that; with every part of me. But it just isn't. We HAVE to take care of each other. We all do better, and live, and love longer when we do.
His posthumous contribution is well noted. The Mercury Phoenix Trust I just wish he had it in him to stand up for the AIDS community and the GLBT community before his death bed. The world was a different place for him, but he would have been accepted and loved regardless by those who matter. It is not my wish to put down his want of privacy. I do respect it. I just wish we in the world had taught him better. We should teach our youth not just caution, but compassion. Their comes a time when even our privacy needs to be put in the back seat for the greater good. I'm not saying lets invite "Big-Brother" into our lives, but I am saying to use some good judgment when it comes to opening ourselves to others. We never know who we could have helped if we just shared a little more of ourselves.