Essay on Relativism and Morality

858 Words Mar 7th, 2011 4 Pages
Running head: RELATIVISM AND MORALITY

Relativism and Morality
Rodney L. Cotton
SOC 120
Robert Neely
February 21, 2011

Relativism and Morality

In the article, “Some Moral Minima,” Lenn E. Goodman raises the question, “if it is true that no norm can be made absolute unless some other is compromised, are there no rules that tell us that principles are principles – no norms delineating concretely, and uncompromisingly, wrong from right?” (Goodman, 2010) Goodman goes on to state that the areas singled out in this article are not comprehensive of every consideration to which humans are due; he asserts that these are just some of the practices that should never be considered as options. The twelve areas which Goodman addresses
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Terrorists seek to achieve higher sensations to get as much of a public response as possible. “The more devastating the damage, the more inhumane, the more avidly is it sought by strategists, ideologues, and theologians of terror.” (p. 90) Suicide bombings are a life wasted for a cause – real or imagined. With hostage taking and child warriors, our focus shifts from acts of murder and mass murder to acts that violate human dignity. As hostages and child warriors, human beings are transformed into mere means and objects. Hostages are often reported as abused, tortured, brainwashed, and physically, mentally, emotionally, and/or sexually assaulted. While I agree that the above acts are deplorable and unacceptable, and no person should be held against their will, I do not necessarily agree that all hostage-taking is wrong. In some political ways, sometimes hostage-taking may be justified if the person held hostage is released once the cause or objective is accomplished. As in the case with Patty Hearst and the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army), a greater good can come out of this act of hostage-taking. Millions of dollars of food was distributed to poor people in California as a direct result of Patty Hearst’s captivity. Patty Hearst, a classic example of the Stockholm Syndrome, became an advocate for the SLA and their causes. The third areas with which Goodman dealt were slavery, polygamy, and incest. These forms of crimes deal with

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