It is literally impossible for a person to rationally believe that there are no moral absolutes, or at least to live out that belief in any meaningful way.Since this philosophy is nonsensical, there must be some fundamental absolutes of right and wrong, regardless of the opinions of any given society.Stepping up to the edge of a cliff gives you a good perspective of the terrain below.
It is literally impossible for a person to rationally believe that there are no moral absolutes, or at least to live out that belief in any meaningful way.
Therefore, any opinion on morality or ethics is subject to the cultural perspective of each person.
Ultimately, this means that no moral or ethical system can be considered the “best,” or “worst,” and no particular moral or ethical position can actually be considered “right” or “wrong.” Cultural relativism is a widely held position in the modern world.
Imagine two people discussing a question in mathematics.
One of them says “7,497 is a prime number,” while the other says, “7,497 is not a prime number.” In a case like this one, we would probably conclude that there can only be a single right answer.
We instinctively know that some things are wrong, so cultural relativists attempt to tweak their philosophy to fit that need.
Declaring certain actions “mostly” wrong, or “mostly” right is nothing more than making up the rules as one goes.Words like “pluralism,” “tolerance,” and “acceptance” have taken on new meanings, as the boundaries of “culture” have expanded.The loose way in which modern society defines these ideas has made it possible for almost anything to be justified on the grounds of “relativism.” The umbrella of “relativism” includes a fairly wide range of ideas, all of which introduce instability and uncertainty into areas that were previously considered settled.Rather than simply saying, “we need to understand the morals of other cultures,” it says, “we cannot judge the morals of other cultures,” regardless of the reasons for their actions.There is no longer any perspective, and it becomes literally impossible to argue that anything a culture does is right or wrong.The way in which relativism, including cultural relativism, has permeated modern society is demonstrated in the bizarre ways in which we try to deal with this contradiction.“Tolerance” has mutated to imply unconditional support and agreement for all opinions or lifestyles.To firmly state that anything at all is always wrong is to reject relativism itself.In the end, those who insist on clinging to cultural relativism must jettison logic, because there isn’t room for both.Cultural Relativism: All Truth Is Local Cultural Relativism is the view that moral or ethical systems, which vary from culture to culture, are all equally valid and no one system is really “better” than any other.This is based on the idea that there is no ultimate standard of good or evil, so every judgment about right and wrong is a product of society.