So Sorry, There Are No Emojis For Forgiveness … Until Now

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A Finnish group is fighting the good fight to find a design to express the emotion of forgiveness. We’re only sorry it’s taken so long.

There are plenty of emojis online to cover the core human emotions of happiness, surprise, fear, anger and disgust, but there are fewer emojis that cover more abstract emotions.

Where are the emojis for sonder – the feeling that everyone has their own complex inner life? The emojis for schadenfreude – an exquisite joy taken in another’s misfortune. Or even zenosyne – the ghastly feeling that life is flying past you faster and faster?

Emojis are fine for the basic human emotions, but what about the complex admixture of emotions that come with, for instance, a Beatles song that at once conveys an admixture of excitement and melancholy, pathos and poignancy?

A group of peace-building activists in Finland has made the first steps towards emoji-ising the more abstract of the human emotions, leading a quest to crowdsource a design for an emoji for forgiveness.

Ideas for the emoji mooted on the campaign’s Instagram include a vine of leaves cast across a love heart, two people from different ethnicities clasping hands in front of a heart, and a love heart with a plaster placed upon it, according to The Guardian.

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“In our modern digital communication culture, emojis are an essential way of expressing human feelings beyond words,” says Tuomo Pesonen, from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, which came up with the idea and is one of the founding organisations of the #forgivemoji campaign.

“We were surprised to realise that the official emoji selection has dozens of different cats and even two designs of zombies, but there isn’t an emoji for forgiveness.”

He explained how the campaign will strive to promote a message of peace and mutual understanding across the world.

Campaigners will urge managers of the emoji list at the Unicode Consortium to add the winning idea to the collection, which is used by millions of smartphone users across the world.

The forgiveness emoji, of course, will have to fight for attention amid thousands of emojis which include yawning faces, steaming falafels and the ubiquitous smiling turd. There’s even a new “drop of blood” icon designed by a women’s rights charity intended to draw attention to menstruation.

Antti Pentikäinen from the Deaconess Foundation, a non-profit organisation helping disadvantaged people, said reconciliation was key to sustaining peace.

“Without it, conflicts continue in cycles and get worse,” she said. “We urgently need to learn better how to reconcile. These skills are needed everywhere. Different ways to encourage apologising and forgiveness are an essential part of it, and this includes the social media environment.”

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