But over the last decade, forgiveness has too often been forgotten. What we refer to as being “woke” and “cancel culture” have deeply affected not only our national dialogue, but our daily life as well. The woke idea that ulterior motives, harms, and causes haunt every single thing, from policing to toy potatoes, is coupled with condemnation, or canceling. People are bullied, banned, fired, and shunned for real and assumed slights. This reactionary mindset undermines forgiveness, denies improvement, and ruptures the best of America.