The meme regarding Jimmy Fallon in his “Man Show” era versus now in his redemption and entertainer role does contain an element of harsh truth to it.
It also contains an oblique admission on your part, though, if you share it.
Jimmy’s former show ended about 15 years ago. That’s approximately 5,500 days of opportunity to transform oneself.
“You’re not the person you used to be,” is one of the best compliments someone can give me.
I hope the same is true for you, too. It’s almost as important as the cliché, “My opinion changes with new information.”
It’s easy to fake a change of heart, especially if ambition, power, money, or politics shape your enlightenment. We fall toward vanity and greed with too much ease at times.
It’s a complicated and fluid process to gauge another person’s transformation and soul. Many religions confer redemption merely by accepting a central tenet of faith. Most adults, however, in their personal lives, require penance, punishment and a long learning period from those seeking redemption.
Skepticism rules in regards to other people, even as most people demand acceptance for their own stories and changes while doubting the changes that others profess.
By outright refusing to concede that it is possible that Jimmy Fallon may indeed be the person he professes to be, you are also indicating that you doubt that personal transformation is possible.
That’s a strange, cynical point of view from where I’m standing.
Keep in mind that I’m not a big Jimmy Fallon fan, nor defending the criticisms toward his previous alter ego.
A few years ago, Tom Cotton, someone who I dislike intensely, suffered a backlash from some regarding his writings when he was much younger and attending Harvard. Many screamed without knowing whether those words reflected who he is today. That denial of possibility is a problem for me.
I think back to my youth and all the indoctrination, fear and shame I had to work through to thrive. All my errors, ignorance and stupidity were indeed mine. To create a timeline which fails to reflect my transformation would be a disservice to me and anyone else who has shed their previous skin. I don’t defend some of the stupidity I said and did.
Even if I attempted a defense of who I once was, I wouldn’t be defending myself.
While my personal views about redemption aren’t religious, I continue to hope that anyone can stop and reboot if self-recognition allows it.
I would hate to think the world wouldn’t encourage anyone to turn away from their past and renew.
It’s okay to be skeptical of those who’ve wronged us or behaved like the Cookie Monster at a bakery convention. As we do, though, we should remind ourselves that some people do in fact change.