“When we look back at the past, we see development and progress…as well as all our innumerable failings. But looking back doesn’t just show us our past– what we’ve accomplished and how we’ve failed. It shows us our future, and it helps us make it what we want it to be.” Little Jolene, 2006
I’m reading through all of my old livejournal posts, and I’ve discovered that Little Jolene was a bit naive. She wasn’t very good about checking sources if a story tugged on her emotions, and she was a bit too quick to jump to someone’s defense without hearing the whole tale.
But Little Jolene had convictions.
She didn’t always articulate them very well; she sometimes used evidence that was really just hearsay or half-truths; and Little Jolene frequently built up straw-men that she would then mercilessly knockdown. But, though weak and poorly understood, the convictions were there.
It seems that Little Jolene passionately believed in equality for all (and other things too, but equality was really the key). So I’m rather proud of Little Jolene, despite her numerous failings. I wish that all young people had convictions that they researched, and argued for, and wrote about, and used to build a strong foundation, just like Little Jolene did.
Since Little Jolene is technically me, I suppose that makes me a bit vain (very vain, actually). But reading over my livejournal posts, it seems that Little Jolene was vain too.
Some things never change.