This follows from her study of Kabbalah, the trendy Jewish offshoot, which, all the fashionably inclusive theology aside, at least has her focusing on the question of how God would like her to act. She told ABC that one spiritual teacher advised her, "when in doubt, act like God ... all loving, all giving."
From that teaching, she now looks at her career and draws the conclusion: "I choose to look at myself as, like, a person who is now awake, um, and a person who is now trying to be part of the order, not the chaos of the world." She admitted that in her personal dealings she brought "Lots of chaos. I think I brought a lot of chaos to people's lives because of my selfish behavior."
That's a nice message, but Madonna's "Reinvention" tour, now heading around the country, is still brown-wrapper stuff. While critics have noticed that her wardrobe is more conservative and she's skipping the constant sexual grinding (that's all left to Britney and her other copycats now), the show still has the F-words and nudity. The Washington Post reported that her concert at the MCI Center was filled with creepy screen images of naked bodies, all of them quivering and distressed through an editing technique "familiar to anyone who's seen a Marilyn Manson video."
But parents should be grateful when the aging envelope-pushers drop their campaigns to make a name on shock value alone, even if they're not sending their kids to the concerts. At least in some venues, the MTV-addled popular culture at large is taking a few less body blows, and selfish indulgence is being balanced, if even just a tiny bit, with a more charitable and eternal perspective.
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