Cancel Culture Is Crushing Humanity (and it’s Counterproductive)

It’s not creating better humans.

Photo Credit: Red Tile Wall — Markus Spiske

Cancel culture is doing the opposite of what people think it is doing.
People think it’s creating better humans. Because in the same way your siblings called you out growing up, now the world can take a shot at you.

Poof, better humans.

Except it isn’t creating better humans, it’s creating humans that are learning how to appear better.

Let me explain.

Any young person growing up today has seen a laundry list of prominent people get canceled. Now, there are times criticism is warranted. But we have seen people get canceled after using certain phrases or words, going to the wrong parties, wearing the wrong clothing and hairstyles, and more often than not, just for making a mistake. A mistake they more times than not own up to, may even grow from but never fully escape.¹

How have we fallen so incredibly far that people growing up today have to overthink every move they make for fear of the hive coming after them one day?
How does this allow for growth?
How will anyone want to be successful or even strive for it?

Fear of mistakes documented and sometimes even saved from when they were 13, 14, 15 could affect them at 33. And even if they don’t, the anxiety-inducing possibility will linger.

The rational part of a brain isn’t fully developed until 25. 25 is when that prefrontal cortex is developed.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, “Recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part.”²

The amygdala is wild. Just look into it.

So essentially, we are expecting teens to act like mini-adults before they biologically are.

Cancel culture is perpetuating this idea that humanity as a whole can and should never make a mistake again.

All this is doing is creating smaller bubbles, where people feel safe enough to possibly fuck up once in a while. Potentially creating resentment in those willing to attempt larger than life success. For those who have platforms without that anxiety, what are you sipping on? How can we bottle it up and sell it?

Cancel culture is not creating better humans.
It is creating humans better at appearing better.
You have to want to be better. No one, not even a hive, can force it.


Scarlett Gray / April 26, 2021

  1. Lawbreakers, I’m not talking about you.

2. “Understanding the Teen Brain.” Understanding the Teen Brain — Health Encyclopedia — University of Rochester Medical Center,



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Scarlett Gray

Scarlett Gray

I’m just out here trying to make a difference. Writing helps me makes sense of this world.