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In the September 7, 2019 article “Taylor Swift, Philosopher of Forgiveness” the author Scott Hershovitz debates the conventional method of forgiveness, to “forgive and forget.” He believes that in doing so, you are sending a message about you self-worth, that you may be inferior to another individual. His example is the Taylor Swift-Kanye West incident from the MTV Video Music Awards. The author agrees with Taylor that forgiving someone is not the only key in moving on from a situation. They argue that you do not need to forgive to forget, but rather, “Hold on to your resentment; just don’t let it hold on to you.”
Although Ms. Swift and Mr. Hershovitz do make valid points, as a teenager who has grown up listening to Taylor Swift and the messages that she has in her music, I do not fully agree with the argument they are trying to make. I am not the type of person who holds on to a situation and resents someone for a long time. I believe that the only way to truly move on from something is to forgive and forget. I’m not saying that if someone was to do you wrong in some way to just forget about it right away and move past it. However, if you are comfortable enough to want to try and move on from something, then you should be willing to forgive as well.
Although, Hershovitz’s article does refer to both sides, moving on without forgiveness and just forgive and forget, both him and Ms. Swift seem to agree on the thought of always having that sense of power. That forgiving and forgetting can make you seem inferior.After hearing both sides of this argument, I believe that you hold the power when you show that person that you are mature enough to forgive and forget, and show that their actions no longer affect you.