The Point: Miley Wants To Be Nothing

Say that again, Miley?! For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

We all know about Miley Cyrus, the child start whose career started on the Disney Channel and then, well, kind of went off the rails.

Now, like so many pop stars, she’s begun offering her thoughts on life, the universe, and other small topics.

Speaking on a British TV show, Cyrus said, “I’m weird for many reasons. I think I feel genderless, I feel ageless. I’m just a spirit soul, not divided by human being, even animals. There’s no me and them and there’s no us and you. I just want to be nothing.”

Now look, it’s easy to laugh off and ignore Miley’s “I am the Walrus” view of life. But the idea she’s expressing—radical self-definition—is the prevailing idea of identity in our culture, which our kids soak in every day.

My new book, “A Practical Guide to Culture” hits this bad idea head-on, and offers advice to help the next generation understand their true identity—made male and female in God’s image. Find the book at BreakPoint.org.

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A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World
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  • Phoenix1977

    “My new book, “A Practical Guide to Culture” hits this bad idea head-on, and offers advice to help the next generation understand their true identity—made male and female in God’s image.”
    And yet, Miley Cyrus reached (and probably convinced) more people in one British talk show than John Stonestreet will his entire life. Her view fits that of the majority and fits current day and age. And, especially to young people who are struggling, Christian ideas are difficult, old and obsolete. So I don’t think Miley’s public will pick up your book anytime soon, John.

    • Gina Dalfonzo

      But do you think Miley is leading her public in the right direction, Phoenix? Do you think wanting to be nothing will truly bring them peace of mind?

      • Phoenix1977

        Well, that is an interesting question and I’m a little conflicted about it. On one hand I applaud Miley Cyrus for not caring about conventions and seeking true liberty to be whoever and whatever she wants to be. On the other hand Miley is the latest example of a long line of child stars who are on a path of self-destruction, although she seems to have put herself back together not that badly. At least better than people like Lindsay Lohan, Macaulay Culkin or Amanda Byrnes.
        And I get her sentiment, to be honest. Do you have any idea how liberating it is to throw off the things that bind you? When I first fully accepted my sexuality and accepted my sexuality meant there was no place for me in Christianity I felt I could breath again for the first time in a long time. I can imagine a similar sentiment went through Miley when she said goodbye to her father’s strong and strict Christian believes and decided to be her own woman.

        • Gina Dalfonzo

          I appreciate the point. Yet it seems to me that in Miley’s case, she’s eschewing all boundaries — some of which are good and healthy to have, even essential to the formation of an identity — and heading toward nihilism. Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but after all, nihilism is all about the idea of nothingness.

          But of course her story is far from over, and she may yet come to realize that there are better things than nothingness.

          • Phoenix1977

            I think you are reading too much into it. I wouldn’t be surprised if her “rebellion” is nothing more than good marketing. After all, when dealing with show business there is no such thing as bad publicity and her albums never sold as well as since she went a little crazy …

          • Robert Cremer

            Well Phoenix I think Gina is right on point. Little Miley might have gone crazy for the purpose of making money but now she is so absorbed with nothingness, she has lost touch with reality. Except when it comes to making money. If she was honest she would admit she is not really interested in nothingness other than as means to justify living a boundary less life.

        • GrantFamilyPastures

          Hi Phoenix,
          You said, “On one hand I applaud Miley Cyrus for not caring about conventions and
          seeking true liberty to be whoever and whatever she wants to be.”
          I can look at Miley and see that she is not free or “seeking true liberty”, but she is a slave. A slave to self image, a slave to self actualization, a slave to bitterness towards her father, a slave to unforgiveness, perhaps a slave to drugs and alcohol. It’s sad to watch this enslavement and the self destruction it leads to.
          We’re all a slave to something. Choose your master. Self autonomy is not possible because we are all finite beings and not sovereign.