6. The right to an education without having tododge bullets at schools
7. The right to be thought of as adorable—(even ifyou have a face that only a mother could love).
Friends, the foundation of all human knowledge, thebeginning of human consciousness, must be thateach and every one of us is an object of love. Before you know if you have red hair or brown,before you know if you are black or white, before you know of what religion you are a part, youhave to know that you are loved.
About twelve years ago, when I was just about to start my Bad tour, a little boy came with hisparents to visit me at home in California. He was dying of cancer and he told me how much heloved my music and me. His parents told me that he wasn't going to live, that any day he couldjust go, and I said to him: "Look, I am going to be coming to your town in Kansas to open mytour in three months. I want you to come to the show. I am going to give you this jacket that Iwore in one of my videos." His eyes lit up and he said: "You are gonna give it to me?" I said"Yeah, but you have to promise that you will wear it to the show." I was trying to make himhold on. I said: "When you come to the show I want to see you in this jacket and in this glove"and I gave him one of my rhinestone gloves—and I never usually give the rhinestone glovesaway. And he was just in heaven.