Like almost everybody else who lives and breathes, I'm also on Facebook. I usually just post or like pics of dogs, cats, places etc. I don't usually post anything too serious, too long, too political etc., but I do put up with a lot of my friends political, moral, religious and saywhateveryouwantwheneveryouwant posts. If somebody writes something I don't agree with, I don't usually say anything cause I don't think it's the right place or time, anybody is entitled to their own opinion, so I just won't 'like' their status update and leave it at that. Sometimes though, some people go on and on about a particular topic, and that gets kind of annoying, but what really gets me going is when people keep spouting off stupid beliefs and illogical points of view. One of the things that really drives me bonkers is how almost everybody seems to be a moral relativist anymore. You know, moral relativism is that worldview that says things like 'that's not right for me, but if you want to do it, go ahead, who am I to tell you it's wrong', or 'there's no ultimate right or wrong, it's whatever is right for you'.....Well, that makes about as much sense as raising steers for milk, and I think people just say it cause they don't want to come across as narrow minded, bigoted or negative Nellies. I don't think most people have thought through this proposition though, otherwise they may not be so quick to open their mouths.
Let's see if I can explain this a little better. Let's say that I belong to a group of people who believe that everybody in our group should have shiny new road bicycles no matter the cost, and no matter how and where we get them. Having shiny new road bicycles is what's right and good for us. Now, I just got myself one, so I'm happy and feel right because I'm following my group's laws, but I know my friend does not have a shiny new road bike, she needs one and we should all be helping her to get one. Since I just found out that my neighbor down the street just bought herself a shiny new road bicycle and she doesn't belong to my group, I'm going to march myself down there and take her bike. I know she's a moral relativist, we've talked about it a few times, I've even tried to get her to join our group, but she didn't think it was right for her, so I know she won't mind just turning her brand new shiny new bike over.
Does that sound ok with you? If you're a moral relativist, you cannot say what I'm about to do is wrong and against the law. It might be wrong for you, but that doesn't make it wrong in itself, nor does it make it punishable by law, because according to my group's laws, I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to do.
If we as a society get to decide what is right and wrong, what is a crime and what is not a crime, then right and wrong is no longer objective but subjective. Moral relativism does away with objective good and evil, objective right and wrong, and if you stop and think for a minute, you'll see that a morally relativistic society is not one where there is any justice, where good is rewarded and where bad is punished; it's definitely not a society I'd want to live in, how about you?
My shiny new road bicycle...