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What’s in a Name?
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From: thegelf Date: April 11th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC) (Link)
No matter what you cut off, what names you keep or change, or who you become outwardly, it doesn't eliminate guilt or embarassment over previous selves' actions. I still feel like an ass over things I've done over a decade ago. All I can do is let current-self make amends for previous-self, and hope that future-self has fewer new things to make amends for. I guess in some ways the internet is like a conscience: you can't escape either of them.

Labels have never meant much to me, it's your actions under whatever name you choose that matter. ABMann can be whoever you want him to be, and do whatever you want him to do. He's not stuck in any one persona. And if the name no longer fits, find a new one. But not because the history of the previous name feels too weighty.
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