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Friday, September 09, 2005

Just a thought...

In my required sophomore "Morality and Faith" class, we were talking about the "problems with ethics". I thought this was really interesting because I had noticed these problems, but had never known that they had been identified and had a name. One of the ones we talked about and what I think is the biggest problem is ethical relativism. According to my class, this says that everyone's idea of morality is equal because they had different backgrounds. So if you came from a tribe in some jungle that practiced cannibalism, it's alright because you had a different background or was raised differently and can't be held to our standards. But how do we know how different it has to be to be acceptable? Isn't everyone different? If everyone is different, then everyone has different standards, and, according to ethical relativism, they must all be right. The problem with this is that we do not live in a perfect world. Bad things happen, and some of them happen because of people's moral choices. How do so many bad things come from everyone doing what is "right" for their backgrounds? Just something to think about.

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