The act of apologizing has become extremely misconstrued. Saying "I'm sorry" does not absolve you of guilt, it merely acknowledges a mistake. Instead of confessing in order to have your moral slate wiped clean, one should attempt to recalibrate their moral compass to guide them away from past mistakes. We need the weight of our own injustices to be reminded of who we don't want to be. Without truly embracing the gravity of our past transgressions, we cannot truly reform ourselves accordingly.