Redemption with the small “r”. If you’re over 30, I hope most of you have had that experience. Examples of evil redeemed: Alcohol binge drinking, nicotine, illegal drugs, selfish lifestyles, self-hatred, any destructive behavior, just stopping the crap you did as teenagers and early twenties. I said, did, and thought plenty of things I regret and have now learned from.
Example are everywhere; reformed addicts counseling, AA members and organizers, persons recommitting to religion and its good works, people going back to school for education, going for medical/psychological help.
Some of these redemptions have more public visibility than others. Look at President Bush - Mr. Frat Boy. Regardless of what your opinions are now - he would have been unacceptable to everyone until he straightened out. Ayers - still against the Vietnam War with no regrets but now a distinguished professor and education authority. This is probably why we have an age minimum for the Presidency. With age comes wisdom, or at least, less stupid stuff. I discount most of what these guys/gal did when 20ish.
Any positive change you can make with your life can have great consequences in the future. Not just for you but for others. Is positive change the same as redemption? I think so.