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Sunday, September 5, 2010

MJ on dolphins (excerpt from Dancing the Dream)

Enough For Today

Dance rehearsals can go on past midnight, but this time I stopped at ten. "I hope you don't mind," I said, looking up into space, "but that's enough for today." A voice from the control room spoke. "You okay?"

"A little tired, I guess," I said.

I slipped on a windbreaker and headed down the hall. Running footsteps came up behind me. I was pretty sure who they belonged to. "I know you too well," she said, catching up with me. "What's really wrong?"

I hesitated. "Well, I don't know how this sounds, but I saw a picture today in the papers. A dolphin had drowned in a fishing net. From the way its body was tangled in the lines, you could read so much agony. Its eyes were vacant, yet there was still that smile, the one dolphins never lose, even when they die..." My voice trailed off.

She put her hand lightly in mine. "I know, I know."
"No, you don't know all of it yet. It's not just that I felt sad, or had to face the fact that an innocent being had died. Dolphins love to dance -- of all the creatures in the sea, that's their mark. Asking nothing from us, they cavort in the waves while we marvel. They race ahead of ships, not to get there first but to tell us, 'It's all meant to be play. Keep to your course, but dance while you do it.' "So there I was, in the middle of rehearsal, and I thought, 'They're killing a dance.' And then it seemed only right to stop. I can't keep the dance from being killed, but at least I can pause in memory, as one dancer to another. Does that make any sense?"

Her eyes were tender. "Sure, in its way. Probably we'll wait years before everyone agrees on how to solve this thing. So many interests are involved. But it's too frustrating waiting for improvements tomorrow. Your heart wanted to have its say now."

"Yes," I said, pushing the door open for her. "I just had this feeling, and that's enough for today."

Excerpt from "Dancing the Dream - Poems and Reflections" © 1992 by Michael Jackson

I found this on It's all for L.O.V.E.'s blog here.  Thank you for sharing this!

Remember you are contributing to this by

Please sign the petition to stop dolphin slaughter.  (DEADLINE Sept 10th!)
Facebook Causes here
TakePart here

The dolphins and whales deserve to be watched in their own environment:  THE SEA.

Educate yourself:
Save Japan Dolphins  The organization leader, Ric O'Barry, featured in the Oscar Award winning film, The Cove.  He was the dolphin trainer for the popular TV series Flipper.
The Cove Movie (with Japanese subtitles) The Cove Movie
Huff Post Article: Ric O'Barry (Sept 7)

Japan's The Institute of Cetacean Rearch  (IRC) (Whaling research)
Ministries of Agriculture, Forestry  & Fisheries (MAFF) (Japan Government body)

Interesting articles
Japan's Fishing Industry is in Peril (Mercury poisoning) 2003
Russia threatens to ban Japanese fishing around S Kurils (2007)

The International Whaling Commission (IWC)

GreenPeace Tokyo Two found guilty -helps whales in the long run (?)
Extended clip of The Cove


  1. Thank you so much for re-posting this and spreading the word. It means a lot!

    Much love!

  2. You're very welcome! Thank YOU for writing it!

    I'm going to repeat what I wrote on your blog:

    I never thought I could watch the movie, The Cove, but I did. I can't stop thinking about how to help. I know with as many MJ fans as there are in the world, if we all spoke out, we could make some thunder.

    MJ fans should know we can multi-task-- keeping MJ's legacy alive as well as taking on some of the world's biggest problems, like this.

    WE HAVE THE POWER AND THE VOICE TO CHANGE THE WORLD... we just have to learn to use it... together!

    Much L.O.V.E.

    ASHAMED to be part of the "human" race...

  4. replaced Whale Hell video with 15 minute segment of The Cove.

    Other was too gruesome for most to watch.