morality slogans like “to err is human and forgive and forget" remind us how normal it is to commit mistakes. but mercy isn’t as easy as it sounds. saying you’re sorry is one thing, apologizing is another. it isn’t something magically handed over, it is earned. you think that’s hard? try forgetting. when you forgive someone, you don’t really forget because that’s how you learn from it. it takes courage to ask for forgiveness, but it takes more than that to be merciful.