I went back to my life and read a book.
The next day, the world blew up and most of it was hating on Miley Cyrus.
I have one question.
Why are we mad at her?
Don’t misunderstand me, I think what she did was totally inappropriate. I only had to see a few pictures to form that opinion. I’m sure what she did was shocking. I saw Will Smith’s face.
But why are we mad at her?
Didn’t we, as a society do this?
I mean, how long have we been telling kids that there are little to no boundaries when it comes to how we feel?
How long have we been telling people that when it comes to sex, the only boundary is what we feel?
We sold out to worshipping people for being famous a long time ago.
We sold out to picking our heroes based on what they can do on a screen or on a field.
In a world that says there are no rules, we sure do get angry when someone breaks our unwritten ones.
In a world that is driven by selfishness, we surely seem to be angry about someone being…wait for it…selfish.
I keep hearing and reading people ask, “What’s wrong her?”
I want to ask, “What’s wrong with us?”
How have we come to the place where we have created an environment where an otherwise mentally capable young adult would think that doing those things would be good.
We can blame her parents…
We can blame her fame…
We can blame MTV…
We had better blame ourselves.
We did this and…
only we can fix it.
We need to accept responsibility that we have worshipped at the alter of riches. We have reveled in our “poverty” falsely believing that if we had that money, we’d do this or that with it.
We need to stop letting the TV raise our kids.
We need to engage our culture honestly and maybe even stop buying what MTV is selling us.
We simply cannot have it both ways. Either there are consequences to our choices and those choices must be based off of something more than how we feel or what Ms. Cyrus did was perfectly fine as long as she was fine with it.
We don’t get to judge her and ignore our own propensity for it.
Life doesn’t work that way.
We can blame Miley and the culture she grew up in, but ultimately we need to look at the culture we’ve created.
We need to change ourselves.