The Importance Of Moral Codes In Aztec Culture

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There are countless cultures exist in the world, we were all raised to believe in different things and taught with different perspectives, even things that sometimes other cultures do not consider or even know that existed. Therefore, how can we judge someone’s characteristics sorely based on his actions? There are different moral codes in different cultures, even different traditions and different Gods. Cultural relativism lengthens this idea by presuming that whether a moral action is accepted differ from society to society, and different society follow different rules, thus all cultures are treated equally. One can argue that human sacrifice in Aztec civilization was accepted by within own society, just as we have turkeys for Thanksgiving …show more content…
Therefore, at least three different cultures are interacting with each other. The family with has a cultural belief that it is morally unacceptable to be treated with medications that do not from their own tradition. With regards to this, they made their position clear by rejecting vaccinate from me since it is considered as morally wrong in their own culture. However, I stand in a position where I am a doctor and saving people is part of my responsibility, as for my colleague, who is considered as a cultural relativist believes differently, she thinks that I cannot interfere with their decision of refusing to get treated, in addition, she implies that I am not considered immoral in my culture due to fact of not saving them, but instead, I am respecting their culture by accepting their choice. In order make a decision, we then have to relate to a different concept, which is ethical relativism, which may seem similar with cultural relativism but still differs. Similarly, ethical relativism is the theory that there are no universally valid moral principles, but that all moral principles are valid to culture or individual choice. (Vice and Virtue) On one hand the Diversity thesis believes that morality differ from society to society, and there is no universal moral principles. On the other hand, the Dependency thesis …show more content…
First of all, this decision of only saving the children is ambiguous, and seemingly it makes the best of both worlds, when in fact, these children will have no legal guardians to take care of them, it only satisfy cultural relativism and other ethical relativism to a certain degree. Alternatively, from our readings, the author Ruth Benedict mentioned a few prime moral standards that are widely accepted, one of the most important aspect would be the lives of human beings, for instance, three major religions such as Christians, Buddhists and Islam assign great values to human lives and helping others opens the door to heaven or wonderland in these religions. Nevertheless, some might say that by having a prime moral standard, it controversies the idea of ethical relativism, since in an ideal ethical relativist’s mind, one certain society stands for itself, and itself alone, clear boundaries are drawn between each societies. Each society represent for something unique and only people who have the same beliefs can justify their actions. Indeed, this idea of different moral standards is certainly reasonable. However, as I mentioned previously, cultural relativism and ethical relativism are distinctive from each other, we do have the need to examine other’s morality while take responsibility by respecting other people’s

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