the failure to be relative…

February 15, 2007

Relativism is a lie. By that I mean it isn’t true. I could use the classic example. “There is no objective truth” says the relativist, ignoring the fact that he has made an absolute statement.

As obvious as this is I think the reason that you have to make an absolute statement to say there is no absolute truth lies deeper in us than most care to admit. It comes down to our sense of right and wrong. Which many argue is a relative thing.  I don’t want to talk about murder or infidelity.  It comes down to when we see the starving faces from Africa beemed into our television sets.  When we hear that every 5 seconds a child dies of hunger in Africa.  Whether or not we do something we do know it is wrong.  And when I say “we” I mean everyone.  It takes someone truly and honestly (and definably) sick to know that a child is dying of hunger and feel nothing.

I have one question for someone who wants to argue for relatvism:  Why do we know that this is wrong?  Without an absolute standard I fail to see how we can know.

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