There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep me away
That near him I always must be
And nothing can keep him from me
He is my destiny (destiny)
A Deadhead or Dead Head is a fan of the American rock band the Grateful Dead. In the 1970s, a number of fans began travelling to see the band in as many shows or festival venues as they could. With large numbers of people thus attending strings of shows, a community developed. Deadheads developed their own idioms and slang.
Much Deadhead-related historical material received or collected by the band over the years is housed in the Grateful Dead Archive of UC-Santa Cruz. Archive founding curator Nicholas Meriwether, who has also written extensively about the culture and its impact on society, predicted, “The Grateful Dead archive is going to end up being a critical way for us to approach and understand the 1960s and the counterculture of the era… It’s also going to tell us a lot about the growth and development of modern rock theater, and it’s helping us understand fan culture.”
I was first taken with the idea of someone giving up their life to follow a celebrity during the Michael Jackson in 2005. The “criminal trial held in Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria, California, in which American singer Michael Jackson was charged with molesting Gavin Arvizo, a cancer patient in remission who was thirteen years old at the time of the alleged abuse.” Several ardent fans had given up their jobs and lives to camp out in front of the courthouse to show their support for Michael as he went in and out of court, flashing a victory sign from the sunroof of his SUV when he was acquitted.
This past week, one of the cable news channels interviewed a Trump supporter who was camped in front of the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He said he was there to show support for Donald Trump.
President Trump’s arrival in Tulsa for a rally at the BOK Center is now just three days away.
People continue to camp out waiting for the president to arrive at the BOK Center.
According to President Trump’s campaign, there has been more than 1 million ticket requests. https://www.newson6.com/story/5ee9ed1b9fd9c30ab0effb21/people-line-up-at-tulsas-bok-center-days-before-president-trumps-rally
Two thousand years ago, twelve men gave up their lives to follow a rabbi who taught a radical new theology. Several died for Him, one forsake Him, and the group changed history.
I am not equating any of these groups but I do wonder what would make someone give up friends, family, and a livelihood to follow someone they admire.