Can an apology be genuine if it has to be asked for?
In a philosophical sense, I mean? The act of apologising is meant to be a kind of gift, a reparation after something wrong. The energy involved in a spontaneous, genuine apology is that of reconciliation. Is that energy altered if the apology is requested?
If the apology becomes the only means by which the afflicted person can seek closure, do the words “I’m sorry” become almost abritrary, like a pill you take to ease the pain?