Miley Cyrus's MTV Performance And The Never-Enough Culture with Jeff Gaines Of "Fat, Broke, And Busy"
By Mel Fabrikant Saturday, August 31, 2013, 02:19 PM EDT
"The buzz and fuss is raging about Miley Cyrus’s performance at the MTV Awards, and many are competing to see who can express more outrage and indignation. What I see is another example of our 'Never Enough' culture at work."
So begins Jeff Gaines -- co-author of "FAT, BROKE, and BUSY: Escaping America’s 'Never Enough' Culture" -- in his latest Op-Ed regarding this week's liveliestentertainment story.
"What’s going on here is about more than some twenty-year old’s need for attention and her lack of boundaries growing up," Gaines continues. "This is an example of trying to find more. We’re a society obsessed with it -- and many performers, athletes, companies, etc. feel that they have to give more to get noticed. What this isreally about is the pursuit of happiness -- and most Americans believe that happiness lies in 10% more than whatever they have now."
- Why has Miley Cyrus's performance become such a lightning rod of controversy?
- Is the problem with Miley? ...or with us?
- How is one to know when enough is actually enough?
"The 'Never Enough' culture is a mindset that says whatever I have, it’s not enough." Gaines closes. "It is ingrained into the American way of life so deeply that most are not aware of how and when it affects us. The effect of it can be seen in who we pay attention to and idolize."
Jeff Gaines -- co-author of "FAT, BROKE, and BUSY: Escaping America’s 'Never Enough' Culture" -- is a speaker and consultant in the field of personal and corporate development. Some of his larger clients have included ESPN, Charles Schwab, NY Life, Yahoo, Dunkin, and Saks Fifth Avenue. He has most recently appeared on Arise TV with Debbye Turner, "America Tonight" with Kate Delaney, "Humble and Fred" on Sirius/XM, "Free America Radio" with Steven Maggi, "Korea Today" on WPBS-AM Atlanta, and on several other media outlets.