Believing in redemption for others gives us hope that we can be redeemed as well. Without this, we are resigned to a world where our lowest moment defines us. And worse yet, we succumb to the belief that there’s nothing we can do about it.
Redemption is powerful, most of all for ourselves. We can change and make things right, even though we can never make things perfect.
This is why the stories we consume matter. Stories that say that redemption is not possible have a hollow rot at the center. They are defeatist and do not honor the full capacity of the human experience. They limit us.
Look for different stories. Like Bryan Stevenson said, we are more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.