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Is truth relative? question 2

Okay. Many of you said truth is not relative. But many of you were speaking of religious truth. I was thinking (and i should have clarified) more along the lines of morals.
For example, there is a tribe in Africa who proudly celebrates the coming of age for their boys. They do this by taking them away from the tribe and slicing hundreds of lines across the child's face. They use no pain killers for this tradition. Despite how painful this process is and how scared each boy is before it takes place, they look back on the moment with pride. The intentions of the tribe are good. And if you took this tradition away it could be devastating for their culture.
Is this moral for them? Is it moral for us?
Can you judge others' cultures by the standards of your own?


Asked by outstandingLove at 1:00 PM on Dec. 2, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (8)
  • All someone has to do is go in and show them alternate ways of doing things and thinking, and once that seed is planted things will never be the same because that information was given and sooner or later, someone will try it, believe it and use it. It might then become the new 'truth'.


    Answer by IhartU at 1:27 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Can you judge others' cultures by the standards of your own?


     I try really hard not to judge others or their cultures unless it involves human rights.  For example many areas of the world treat women really bad and its part of the culture. This is wrong. I accept and appreciate other religions and beliefs though. 


    Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:56 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • No you can't not hold another's culture to you own standards. Own has to understand another's motivations and culture to be able to assess what is moral and right. Without that you are simply impressing your belief system onto them and that is immoral. Many wars including numerous holy wars did just this.


    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 1:20 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Morality is relative to one's own meaning to life. But for mepersonally, as a commited Christian, there is only one standard for morality that is righteous, right with our Creator.

    JES xxx


    Answer by CosyMama at 1:35 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Okay so let's take the Spartans, who use to separate the women from the men and when the women had children the Spartans would come in and take the boys (when they reached a certain age) and raise them with the men and they would have sex with the boys. It is child molestation, so because it was a part of their culture, child molestation is okay in their culture. I would have to disagree.  Child molestation and rape is wrong across the board.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:35 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • Or lets take your example, what if someone from your tribe came and lived in America, and they wanted to keep their traditions and did so. Is what they did right or wrong? They will definitely get in trouble with CPS.  They would consider it child abuse.    If you accept one cultures traditions what about family traditions.  Just because you don't agree with them does that make them wrong.   What if that culture thinks homosexuality is wrong and the kick anyone out of their tribe who displays such behavior.  It is their culture?  I think your theory is flawed.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:41 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • anon. this is not my theory. it's a question. i did not state in what way i lean towards. i'm asking for views of others and being the devils advocate.

    As far as if someone moved out of their culture ...well then they wouldn't be int heir culture now would they? So they would have to accept the fact that this new culture they live in views their old traditions as wrong. Can you judge a culture based on the standards of your own?

    As far as the Spartans go. ...I don't think that is much different then forcing the marriage of young women to older men like they did in biblical times. Lots of rape and things going on then too. Of course i believe those things are wrong, but what does that culture believe? did the women think it was wrong for the men to take their children and use them in such a way? what about the children? did the women of biblical times think it was wrong to be forced into marriage?

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:09 PM on Dec. 2, 2009

  • I think it's impossible to tell how the majority of those people felt. And it's not like we can ask the grown Spartan men how it made them feel to be used in such a way when they were children. perhaps moral truth is only sometimes relative? Does it depend on what morals are being questioned?

    Answer by outstandingLove at 2:12 PM on Dec. 2, 2009