Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thought of the Day: Relativism Isn’t the Problem, Absolutism Is

Too many people, even those who should know better, buy into the prejudice that without moral truth, or at least without seeking it, all things are permitted and chaos will result. Yet it is not those who are skeptical of such truth-claims that commit heinous acts, nor even those who question the concept of “truth” itself (which has, after all, meant so many different things to different people). Rather, history is full of people convinced that their truth justifies using any means to realize it in the world. That ends-justifies-the-means thinking is the source of most crimes and atrocities, not the view that moral codes are human inventions and thus, while of some use, are also inherently flawed and dubious. More on relativism to come. 

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