Relativism Vs Absolutism

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Relativism vs. Absolutism: A Comparison of Logic and Implications When growing up everyone is told to “be nice”, “be a good person”, “if you have nothing good to say don’t say anything at all”, and similar things by their parents. Then it is our job to learn what is good and not as we grow and develop. People develop their ideals of what is good and bad through observing their parents, trial and error, learning from other’s mistakes, religion, school rules, and a variety of other sources. We are told to be good, but different sources might have very different definitions of what good is. A child could go to school and be taught to be nice to the other students and not steal their things; while after school this same child’s older siblings could be teaching him that he needs to earn respect from people through fear, and that stealing is a way to earn acceptance with friends. When thinking about this, one cannot help but ask the question: are there moral absolutes or is right and wrong relative? Many people have dedicated a lot of time and energy trying to answer this question in modern days and there is not one commonly agreed upon answer. Although it may be difficult or even impossible to prove whether truth is relative or absolute, I seek to show how the argument for moral truth is weak at best. Moral relativity not only makes less logical sense, but the rapid shift of the popular world view into relativism is unprecedented and immoral. In order to stand by moral absolutism, one must have an outside standard for truth. There has to be a standard of what is right and wrong which applies to all people.(Bleazby) Therefore it does not come from an individual’s beliefs, but it shapes their beliefs. The majority of those who hold onto moral absolutist views are religious. Their religion provides this moral standard which is needed for an absolutist view. There are

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