Permanence of information is not permanence of identity. Or, what you said years ago is not who you are now.
Our youngest generation has been (and will be) online for their entire lives. They should be afforded the right to be wrong and learn from it--just as those of us were who had offline upbringings.
Our words had luxury of ephemerality. Our errors, mistakes, and missteps from navigating uncertainty were lost to the wind. My worst comments are mere memories--not entries in permanent public logs. I do not have to answer for my past because so much of it went unrecorded.
That has now changed, and so too should we. One of the most important modern skills any of us can learn is how to forgive. And one of the most important modern truths is that what someone posted then isn't necessarily indicative of who they are now.
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