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People can’t change, humans as a race are doomed to repeat the same mistakes in their lives forever. This is not an uncommon message to see in media these days, especially in movies and television shows like Bojack Horseman; a show that portrays several characters who make the same mistakes over, over and over again, constantly trying to better themselves, only to make the same mistakes again. Personally, I have to disagree with this entirely. I would argue that people can absolutely change, that, with enough work and determination, anyone can change themselves; for better or worse.
Allow me to begin with an example: if someone lives a good life, with a happy family, a nice job, if they are really just an upstanding citizen, and then suddenly, one day, for whatever reason, they try heroin. I think it’s safe to say that most people would agree with me when I say that that would largely affect that person’s life if they were to become addicted. They might become a lot more laid back and relaxed for example, and while it’s possibly not the best method of doing so, it can help them fix an anger problem.
Now, you may argue that someone doing heroin to make themselves more laid back isn’t actually them changing themselves, but rather the heroin that’s changing them. If I’m honest, I’d have to say that I wouldn’t disagree. So, let’s try another example: just take one look at Macaulay Culkin. This was a man who’s life was destroyed by drugs, the classic case of a child star. Here is a picture is of Macaulay Culkin in 2012, next to a photo of him in 2017:
You can physically see the change he made in his life. While, once again, this is a drug example, I think it illustrates my point, as it wasn’t the drugs that made him a better person, but he changed himself in order to give them up.
To really top all of this off, I’m willing to bet that, at some point in your life, you changed yourself. I’m willing to bet that, if you really think hard enough, you can probably think of a time that you changed yourself. Whether you changed yourself for the better or for worse, you probably changed. Maybe you struggled with being on time when you were younger, but now you’re always sure to be on time, or, perhaps, it’s the other way around for you, maybe you used to be punctual and now you’re always late. Perhaps you once had a short temper, but now you’re more calm and more tolerant of others. Change is a part of human nature, we all change throughout our lives, we learn new things, our experiences in our lives shape us, and that makes us change. That’s a crucial part of who we are as human beings, that’s what makes us individuals. Change makes us who we are.
In this audio drama I co-wrote with a friend, I voiced both the narrator and Doctor Despicable:
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This is a poster I made for a fake movie I came up with in my Digital Design class.