We now live in a society where cancel culture has become such a regular part of our days that it almost seems normal. The idea that your actions (even those from years ago) can get you written off have you lose your job, lose friends, cancel your life has become the standard.
However, just a few years ago, cancel culture wasn't even a thing. If you ask people today what cancel culture is, you will get different answers from different people. Because people think things based on what they've been exposed to or seen as far as cancel culture goes. I believe this is a dangerous place for us to be as a society. Living in a culture that glorifies the fact that once you do something wrong, your life can then be taken away from you, makes it so that no one is ever willing to make a mistake. Without the freedom of being able to make mistakes and learn from them, no one will ever grow.
Life will never change.
People can't improve who they are and what they believe.
We need to allow for a society that enables people to learn from the mistakes that they make. And to also learn from the mistakes that were made in the past by other members of society. We need space to grow. We need the freedom to communicate with each other about why we're doing what may not be the right course of action. So if we live in a world where you're being punished because of something you thought when you were 15 years old, even though now you are 40, how on earth can we expect people to be different as they grow as they age as they mature?
We have all done things in childhood that we wouldn't consider doing in adulthood. The world was a different place in the 80s; then, it is now in 2020. What we believe is culturally appropriate was different 30 years ago. What we believe is appropriate now is different than when our grandparents were alive. If we don't allow the space for those people to stand up and say yes I used to think that, but now I know better, so now I do better, I behave better, I've changed, then how on earth can we expect anyone ever to be willing to change about anything.
Life shouldn't be about punishing someone for something that they may have done 30 years ago. Life should be about us determining what we think is acceptable now and how we change our behaviour in the here and now to create a world that's acceptable for everyone. That's not to say that some people are doing things now that may have been appropriate in 1920 but are not right in 2020. And of course, that's a different conversation for people to have. Whether you believe someone should be punished or not for their current behaviour does not give anyone the right to make sure that someone goes to jail, loses their job, or has to move to a different country and change their name.
Let's give people the room to learn from their mistakes and grow into better people without fear of losing everything that matters to them.