- Apr 19, 2007
- MBTI Type
- Instinctual Variant
Wonâ€™t surprise me. They lionized McCain. Look, there were a lot of honorable things about McCain, like his anti-torture position when many Republicans supported torture, but at the end of the day he was a neocon who supported most of the Bush Adminâ€™s foreign policy in the Middle East. Standing against Trump and putting country before party was great but it doesnâ€™t wash away the rest of his career.
I think people love redemption narratives so we get all warm and fuzzy when supposed villains suddenly do the right thing
People also tend to not understand that redemption is ongoing.
Maybe someone can have a turning point, and we've all probably experienced a moment of catharsis in our lives ourselves. But it's not that simple. Otherwise addicts wouldn't drift back into their addicts after choosing to go clean, marriages could stay together after one partner repents of their behavior, folks would never go back to jail for the same crimes, etc.
But our culture is stupid in terms of actual change. We'd rather have Ben Solo going straight after destroying planet after planet and millions of lives just because Mommy spoke his name in his head, or Darth Vader doing the same by dying after throwing the Emperor down a well, versus someone doing the long-term work to strive towards true character change. Certainly our narratives don't have a lot of time for long-term redemptive work (unless it is a serial TV show or book series) but the reality is that nothing is really clear-cut, change takes effort and time to solidify, and we are always the most vulnerable in that period of change. Anyone can make a decision based on momentary emotional impulse and frustration with life, but to stick with it shows character and true commitment to choice.