As crazy as it sounds, Pamela can learn a thing or two (or five) from Miley Cyrus. Let’s put on our thinking caps and imagine the world where we could sit these two women down and give them both some much needed counseling. I would imagine the counseling session would start off by the group looking at Pamela’s issues first (Since she loves to be the center of conversation). The counselor would ask Miley to provide some “positive” feedback that Pamela could work on. The following would be her top five lessons for Pamela to learn from Miley.
5. Remember where you’re from.
“I come from this really small town near Nashville, Tennessee, where everything was la-di-da and normal.” -Miley Cyrus
After Mrs.Jervis’ trick on Mr.B backfires, Pamela reveals that she has been struggling with her identity since she has worked there at the estate. She says, “I have been in disguise, indeed, ever since my good lady your mother took me from my poor parents.” This disguise she has come to recognize was blinding her from seeing the happiness and freedom that her poor parents have and she lacks.
4. Speak your mind.
“It’s my mouth I can say what I want to.” – From “We Can’t Stop”, by Miley Cyrus
Throughout the plot, Pamela struggles with a tension between her desire to be outspoken and her social obligation to keep her opinions to herself. We find this in Letter 27 to her parents, Pamela says, “what a world we live in…that the men are resisted, than that the women comply. This, I suppose, makes me such a sauce-box and bold-face.” If Pamela wants to stay virtuous, then she must be vocal with her intentions so the men around her know her expectations of them while around her.
3. Listen to your parents!
“I know that if I like a guy, he better be nice, and above all, my dad has to approve of him!” -Miley Cyrus
SPOILER ALERT: I hear wedding bells in the future…**Cough, Cough** However, I think maybe Pamela should take a moment to consult the advice of her parents. In Letter 8, Pamela’s father advised her begging, “I cannot but renew my cautions on your master’s kindness…Arm yourself, my dear child, for the worst.” If your father is having some doubt about this guy already when he is first hearing about him, then that is not a good sign. Dump him.
2. Go home if it’s not twerkin’ out.
If you missed Miley’s performance at the VMAs, then I can assure you that you didn’t miss much. However, without going into detail, Miley did provide the VMA spectators a prime example of something that was not twerkin’ out. Pamela stays after Mr.B seduces her in the Summer House, shame on him. Pamela stays after Mr.B is hiding in her closet, shame on her! Why are you staying to work on some shirt, quilt, or whatever? You need to get out of that house as soon as possible to keep your “virtue” in tac!
1. God will be the ultimate judge, so don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
“Remember only God can judge ya, Forget the haters ’cause somebody loves ya” From “We Can’t Stop”, By Miley Cyrus
Pamela, the last piece of advice is something that you should follow if you want to be virtuous. You cannot base your ideal of good moral standards upon what the society believes to be virtuous. You should rather follow the teachings set by God and worry about what he thinks of you and not the people you work with or see in the city.
[The following blog post and ideas are not endorsed by Baylor University]