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Love Letter: Can People Change?

I’m a strong believer in nurture over nature. I read my horoscope almost every day, but I don’t truly believe in pre-determinism or fate.

This is all to say: I think people can change.

Do you care? Probably not. But Sophia Ortega, the author of this week’s Modern Love essay, might.

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In her essay, “This Is Not About Sexy Secretary Role-Play,” Ms. Ortega discusses the benefits of believing that the past doesn’t dictate the future.

She wrote, “As someone who has dabbled in the unforgivable — having lied, stolen and ghosted — I don’t want to live in a world where actions are irredeemable.”

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