They don't really care about us… or do they?

A young woman is standing in a crowd, her lighter lit. She is swaying gently together with the rest of the audience. When Michael Jackson's »They don't really care about us« was released in 1996, the song made the top ten in several European countries as well as number one in the German charts for three weeks. Thus the pop millionaire Michael Jackson became the voice for people all around the world who were underpriviledged or discriminated against.

The refrain is quite sticky as it can be freely applied in all cases of unjustice. What the line "They don't really care about us." actually means is that the powers that be do not consider the speaker and his peers as a relevant structure and therefore feel justified in dehumanizing them and harming them in all possible ways.

In his equally famous song "We are the world" Jackson spells out the antidote to racism and discrimination: joining together in one big relevant structure, drawing our circle of relevance around the whole of humanity, the whole universe and every living being.

While we are on a musical note, let us complete our train of thought with yet another song composed to change the world for the better: Imagine. While "They don't really care about us" describes the initial problem and "We are the world" describes the utopian outcome, "Imagine" shows the way there by highlighting all the factors that make us draw divisions between structures, divisions that cause one structure to feel less relevant than another.