Cultural Relativism Essay

1108 Words Dec 5th, 2011 5 Pages
Is cultural relativism good for our society?

Cultural relativism is a belief where there are no absolute moral views or beliefs can be apply to all cultures, which makes “right” and “wrong” different in every society; what is considered “right” in one society may be considered “wrong” in another. Since no universal standard of morality exists, no one has the right to judge another society’s customs. If this belief is held true, then every culture will have their own set of “rules” to live by and no one can judge on, even they are doing things that are abnormal in this world, because in that particular group the action will be viewed as perfectly normal. This creates a situation where no person regardless of his or her authority in
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Another example will be genocide. The definition of genocide is a intentionally action that causes extinction of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group, which means that if each group of people doesn’t allow another to exist, then this world will become a mess where may lead to the whole human race extinction. In pg.5 of James Rachels’s essay, he wrote, “There are some moral rules that all societies will have in common, because those rules are necessary for society to exist”. The examples and quote explain why there are universal rules exist in each culture and every society’s rules are not that different from each other.

Society rules created by human are not perfect, we should have the right to judge and improve them. Cultural relativism prevents progress within the society because we don’t have a standard to judge a new way of doing as better, when comparison is prohibited. About a hundred years ago, slavery was common in our world, but this has changed recently. In nowadays, slavery doesn’t exist anymore. Most people see this as progress for human rights, but if cultural relativism really exists, then prohibiting slavery will not be seen as progress. The definition of progress is an advance towards maturity and perfection, which in society can mean replacing an old idea with one that is “better” so that it can become more perfect. James Rachels wrote in his
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