Are Cultural Relativism Differences In Ethical Standards?

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Humans have notably different ethical standards which dictate what is or isn’t correct. Those standards are shared and followed by a group of people. For example, the concept of killing is not unknown. The typical response is to punish the one who commits that “crime,” even if that person was “right” to do so. However, killing may not seem like a crime to some people. Rather, to them killing is necessary for protection. Given that there are many cultures in the world, one can assume that each of those cultures is not like the other. They must all have their own ethical standards. In addition, it is suggested that a person refrains from assuming that one’s ethical standards are superior or inferior to another person’s standards. Cultural Relativism…show more content…
One person may think that another person is doing something wrong. However, the other person may believe they are surely doing the right thing. For example, disciplining a child by smacking a ruler against their palm may be viewed as a torturous act. To the person disciplining that child, this is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, altercations can occur. One person might attempt to berate the other person in an attempt to end their actions. However, some ethical standards overlap in some ways: people with different ethical standards might agree that physically disciplining a child is not the right thing to do. In another example, Someone might say that it is right to cover themselves from head-to-toe with cloth. Whereas, another person might think it is normal for them to dress in a T-shirt and some shorts. When these two people confront each other, they may begin to gaze with confusion, or even hatred, and think that the other person is doing something wrong. Who is right? Should the other person cover up, or should the covered person “loosen up?” Unfortunately, when referencing Cultural Relativism, one cannot give an answer to that. In general, Cultural Relativism is unable to tell us how to determine what is right or wrong, it simply tells us that there is no universal right or wrong. This doesn’t help when beliefs differ and issues arise. It puts people in a rough spot as they won’t know how to judge…show more content…
They know that another person may believe in what is right or wrong. Since there is no superior or inferior standard, people have to worry less about judging another culture; less time is spent worrying about that a culture has it wrong, and more time is spent on addressing issues that affect both cultures. There is a certain respect that comes out of this ideology. They may not accept the doings of another person, but they develop a particular mentality that allows them to focus on more important issues other than cultural differences. Respect prevents the division among people of different cultures. Rather, it enables them to accept, forget, and move

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