Morality is not relative
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If we are to say morality is relative, then no one would accept change in their lives. People would feel more comfortable to stay the way they have been for years, because that"s the way life should be. Moral codes are suppose to constantly change in order to provide a better life for people to live. If these codes were not to change, then racism or slavery would still be happening today. Morality cannot be a subjective matter.
We must have this moral code in place in order for our society to function well. Without these moral codes, our society would be in turmoil. Sure, societies have certain moral codes that we would consider unheard of, but they need those in order to function properly. No one society has a better moral code than the other, because every societies moral codes differ from one another. It may be ok for Eskimos to abandon the elderly someone on a street and leave them there to die because they are considered useless. But, our culture would never do such a thing, because it is considered wrong to do so. We must understand that they do that following their cultures traditions, and they follow their moral codes to help their societies to function well.
(1) If ethics is not not relative, then ethics is relative.
(2) If ethics is relative, then what is considered good is what the society believes to be good.
(3) If society is decide what is morally right or wrong for the society, then every opinion is acceptable.
(4) If everyone's opinion is acceptable, then there would not be any standards that say what is morally wrong or right.
(5) Then since these standard does not exist, for one culture something can be morally wrong while it can be morally right for another society.
(6) Therefore, ethics is relative since what is morally right or wrong can differ from society.
That is why we are assigned to our moral codes; to understand why our society functions the way it functions. We need to know that we follow these codes in order to know what is morally right from wrong.
(1)Ethics relativism believes that there are many opinions.
(2)These opinions should be acceptable because they are what society believes.
(3)Therefore, no culture should say that something is morally right or wrong.
(4)If they say something is morally right or wrong is according to what they believe in their culture.
(5)Therefore, ethics is relative since what is morally right or wrong is different for every society.
We need these moral codes to know these things! We cannot just go out raping children, killing innocent people, and slapping people In the face. We know this to be morally wrong because we were raised this way. If we don"t follow these moral codes, people would consider our society to be a crazy society killing everyone just because we don"t trust one another.
Not all societies have all the same moral codes either. All societies are different from one another because they have their own traditions they follow. It may be ok to killing someone out of revenge for killing someone another family member of theirs. In our society it is wrong to do so, and can result in jail time. We have to be open minded with other societies cultures because of this. We cannot jump to conclusions about other societies moral codes, because they need those in order to function, just as much as we need ours in order to function.
Morality is not a subjective matter at all. It cannot be based on ones opinions due to the fact that it can cause turmoil. These codes are necessary to create order and peace in the society. Again lets use another example. Eskimo men marry at least 5 different wives. They do this because this is their tradition, and because their moral code allows them to do so. We view this as abnormal because our societal moral code does not allow us to marry many women at the same time. if we were to do so, we would be brought to a court of law and dispute this in court.
(1)If ethics is relative, then these moral codes do not exist.
(2)If these moral codes are not necessary for the progress of society since they believe the action is morally right.
(3)If the action is morally right for them then there cannot be any objection to it within the society.
(4)If there is not an objection, then society is progressing since all individuals in the society agree with this action as to be morally right.
(5)Therefore, ethics is relative since all individuals in that society would agree that an action is morally right.
Another question that I might ask is who is to say what is morally right or wrong?(Fallacy) Again, I see your point when you say that we need this moral codes. But, who is going to say what is morally right or wrong. Yet, they do not define if a society would progress or not. We've seen in many cases societies that have progressed without the need of moral codes. There are many societies in the world to say that one is right and the rest is wrong. They believe that their actions are right and therefore, we need to accept it since it is the way they think.
No. We cannot feel bad because we feel bad. We cannot do things to other innocent people just because we felt like it. We need our laws, our moral codes to let us know what is right and what is wrong. We cannot function without our laws! A lot of people would be let off the hook in court if our jury was to feel bad for the person who committed the crime. Our jury needs to know that our laws cannot let these people commit these crimes, and people need to know what is right and what is wrong. Opinions cannot determine this matter what is right from one. One might think killing is right, and sharing their cookies with someone is wrong.
We were raised to know that killing is morally bad, and sharing cookies with someone is morally good. We know this, and plus this is our moral code. Everyone understands that we need these in order to know what is right and what is wrong. Without this we cannot form judgments about things. Our moral code is constantly changing as well. We need them to constantly change, because our way of life is constantly changing as well. We don't act the way we acted 50 years ago, where there was no marriage before sex, and you had to marry at age 30. That has all changed because teenagers are now having sex at young ages, and people are getting married at young ages as well.
Back to my argument about who is to say what is morally right or wrong? no one can say what is morally right or wrong since that person that might say what is morally right or wrong can be wrong. I might think that person is wrong. Then, everyone's opinion should be accepted by others since it is the onoly way in which people can live in peace and harmony. This moral codes are not helpful to the progress of society since people are going to think differently even if they have moral standards that need to be follor. For example, murder. Murder is illegeal. Yet, some people still do it. What im trying to say is that we need to look at the reasons behind people's actions.
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