World War I, Daylight Savings Time Essay

900 Words Nov 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Humans often wonder why others have acted in a way that is against the observer’s morals. How could the United States have Japanese Internment camps during WWII? How could the Huns physically tear people apart in the villages they raided? How could the Hutus create and engage in the Rwandan Genocide against the Tutsis? Sumner answers this question with ethical relativism: morality is relative to the time and place. However, Moore refutes this argument by bringing up the moral complications ethical relativism raises. By explaining ethical relativism and its supporting arguments, it is clear to see how that although the theory appears correct, a simple implication tears the theory of its validity. Ethical Relativism is the idea that different cultures, societies, and subcultures all have their own morals that are relative to their specific group. These guidelines for moral behavior initially came from instinct or an attempt to aid human kind. For example, every second Sunday in March, Americans turns their clocks forward one hour. In World War I, Daylight Savings Time was implemented for laborers to be more productive with the natural light. There would be less spending on artificial light and outdoor workers could get more accomplished. Sumner then proposes that instincts or conscious societal change then becomes habits. Habits turn into folkways: a tradition that is not thought about. After several years of springing forward one hour, just to fall back one hour in six…

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