FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio
“LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL”
As the pop world mourns the death of contoversial singer Michael Jackson who is widely regarded as its “king,” he may be remembered by some as an accused child molester. For me, I will look at him as an abused child turned superstar of the entertainment world. I have no authority to render judgment to his soul.
Another abused child turned superstar of the television talk show world is Michael Jackson’s friend , Ophra Winfrey. Both of them were able to influence millions and million of their fans around the world in their own ways positively. These two super-rich icons were able to “turn their scars into stars.”
According to Alice Miller, who has a doctorate in psychology and sociology and authored several books, 90 per cent of criminals in American prisons have been abused in their childhood. She conducted the survey in 1991 and published it in her book, BANISHED KNOWLEDGE.
Dr. Miller believed that with proper care and guidance instead of neglect and condemnation given to abused children, the prison population in America would greatly diminish. She admitted that she was an abused child herself but was able to find the way to her own treatment.
So let the examples of the late Michael Jackson, Ophrah Winfrey, and Dr. Miller serve to bring hope to millions of abused children in the world that despite the pain and suffering of child abuse, it is not the end of their world. It could be their path to success and stardom.
As the popular saying goes, the light can always be found at the end of the tunnel.