Normality And Absolute Morality

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As western culture progresses some odd concepts such as morality begin to lack definition. The death of God and globalization have opened many possibilities for the understanding and evolution of morality, particularly whether it is culturally relative or of some universal absolute (Nietzsche). By determining the root of morality as belief, and understanding that beliefs are culturally defined this essay will prove that morality is relative to culture. It will further go on to disprove any notion of absolute morality and address the issue of moral progress with a conclusion that there cannot exist moral development without domination. Therefore, it is in one’s best interest to accept the differences between cultures and do little to intervene. …show more content…
For example, It is habitual that we consume turkey as the Thanksgiving meal in the US and Canada, but a practitioner of Jainism would be disgusted by this tradition (Jainism). This example is a moral difference between two cultures, and neither culture can be considered more “morally progressive” than the other. If, for example, you feel disconnected from the meat-heavy diet of western culture, Jainism could be an outlet for you to explore new moral guidelines where eating meat is immoral. It is too easy to accept what your culture teaches you as the absolute truth. When cultural normalities are considered truths, the idea of moral progress and absolute morality become dangerously ethno centric and …show more content…
I say either as Bush blurs the lines between the two making it unclear who the real enemy is. She also makes the point that ‘they’, by enforcing the veil, are attacking the “rights and dignity of women” (Bush). Many Muslim women choose to wear Burqas to remain more virtuous and thus closer to God. With what was clearly a misunderstanding of Muslim culture by western society, a sense of superiority arose in the feminists of the latter. George W. Bush was able to mask his real motives (oil) under the ‘veil’ of moral ‘justice’ with very little criticism from the US. Now this is an example of domination of a culture hidden behind moral imposition, but there are cases out there of Western culture forcing its beliefs on other cultures, rather than hiding behind them. Some significant examples include colonialism, with the spreading of Christianity, and the US’ post cold war efforts to spread democracy and neoliberal

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