What Prince Deemed ‘The Key to Getting Off This Planet’

Prince — celebrated as His Royal Badness and The High Priest of Pop — will live on in history as a sexuality all his own: a musical force and androgynous trend-setter whose fans remain ever loyal to this day. 

From “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry” to “Little Red Corvette” and “Kiss,” Prince was a pop god. Yet, to most, he was more than a musician. He was an inspiration. He was a person who defied the status quo with style. And, when it came to his views on humanity and what mattered most in a lifetime, Prince was quick to share his opinions (although he was often quite brief). 

American singer, songwriter and musician Prince, circa 1985.
American singer, songwriter and musician Prince | The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty Images

Prince talked about ‘reverence for life’ and what’s ‘important’ in this world

According to ET, during an interview back in 1997, Prince discussed what he values in life, stating: 

“Reverence for life, that’s important…Ego is one thing, money is one thing, but reverence for life and service to others is the key to getting off this planet.”

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As for “the key to getting off this planet,” Prince did not elaborate too much on his meaning; however, he could be referring to the key to transcending the physical world — to discovering a purpose beyond the material. Prince was a spiritual man who made the study of scripture a lifelong endeavor following his baptism as a Jehova’s Witness in 2003, according to Ebony.com

Prince went on to discuss the drawbacks of getting ‘tied down to anything on earth.’ 

Prince didn’t worry about the human body all that much

Prince went on to discuss his life viewpoint, sharing:

“Whenever we get too tied down to anything on Earth — be it a name, a body, a lifestyle — that’s the road to ruin…When you get too worried about the human body and this lifetime and you put too much effort in it in a negative sense, like fighting someone, it just keeps you from your goal. So, I don’t bother.”

Prince | ET

Prince was a performer until the end; he used his music to channel and express his emotions, as he explained back in the day. And, in the end, his fans felt his passion— his pain, his love, his fears, and his desires — in each hit pop tune that he released during his successful career. Prince worked “for love” and love is what many Prince fans felt every time he got up on the stage.