Trick title – there's no surviving cancel culture! First of all, any society in which “cancel culture” exists, is a sick society, as cancel culture is just one of many signs that the society is in the process of self-destructing. Other signs of societal self-destruction include deforestation, spraying poison on food, the existence of nuclear weapons, liposuction, opera, the existence of the nation-state, and well, civilization.
But okay, let's say you want to live in denial of all that other stuff and you just want to not get cancelled. Well, it's easy! Simply never state your opinion about anything. Then you have nothing to fear!
Even what seems like a benign, meaningless opinion can get you in trouble. Say you're like me, and you think that chocolate is the only worthwhile flavour for any kind of dessert, and that all the others are a waste of time, space, and baking ingredients, and you wonder if there's something mentally deficient with anyone who doesn't love chocolate like you do. Well, if you voice that seemingly harmless opinion, you might offend some vanilla-lover out there, or even worse, a strawberry-flavoured-dessert lover. (Come on, who chooses strawberry ice cream?!) And who knows what they might do with your opinion about desserts. You might be accused of racism, or xenophobia, or misogyny. Who knows. People have issues, they read into things, and they have to give themselves a reason to feel superior. So keep your love of chocolate to yourself. (When you're at the supermarket, throw in some Starbursts or Twizzlers with your chocolate purchase, just in case people are watching. You can throw them away or feed them to your dog once you get home.)
You might say that if someone voices actual racist or misogynist opinions, they should be cancelled, that they “deserve it”. That's not just dumb, it's also idiotic. If everyone lost their job for saying something mean, ignorant or stupid, the world would be entirely unemployed. No President, Prime Minister, MP, or Congressman would last more than five minutes. We all say dumb things at some point in our lives (and politicians say them even more.) It's sort of like the referees in professional sports. The refs can actually call a penalty on every play (American football) or every drive to the basket (basketball) or on every ping (ping pong). But they don't because no one would watch anymore. The players, as good as they are, can't help being human. And when someone does get called for a penalty, they don't get kicked off the team!
Even if there are people who firmly believe their politically-incorrect views and love spouting them, what does cancel culture do? It reinforces those views. Do the people doing the cancelling actually think their victims will learn to be more tolerant? No! They'll just learn to be more careful about who they express themselves to.
Cancel culture is bullying. It is a form of superiority complex. It is a form of projection or deflection. It is the result of insecurities and is a reflection of those doing the cancelling. If you want people to be more tolerant, or to be more open, bullying and coercion is the absolute worst approach. Punitive consequences and punishments never worked. Ever. Does spanking a child make them more loving and empathetic? And since when did sending students to detention work? Never! Just makes the kids hate the teacher even more. Since when did prison reduce crime? Never! (Besides, the real criminals never go to jail.) So the whole punitive response is bone-headed.
A good approach to take is: stop caring what people say! First, to try to force everyone else to think like you do is not just idiotic and destined to fail, but authoritarian and totalitarian. Are you Stalin? Mussolini? My ex-girlfriend? An added benefit if you stop caring what people say is that you'll live happier.
Finally, if you do become a target to be “cancelled”, then just take some time off, lay low, be patient, and soon enough everyone will have forgotten, and you can move on again. You'll be surprised how fast. Because in our cell-phone-Google-video game-Netflix society, our attention span has been reduced to that of a Chihuahua. (I should point out that this is not an anti-Mexican comment. I love Mexico and Mexicans, and just to be clear, I believe the U.S. should return Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California to the indigenous Mexicans from whom it was stolen. I apologise for singling out Chihuahuas. Let's change the dog breed to Welsh Corgi. There. Can't possibly get in trouble with that one.)
The point is, when you have people with the attention span of Corgis controlling nuclear weapons, there are much bigger problems in the world than being cancelled.
(P.S. - I actually love all dogs and they are much better at being human than any politician or bureaucrat.)