Relativism and Morality
Introduction to Ethics and Responsibility
Professor Tim Carter
November 19, 2010
Relativism and Morality
Goodman refers to four areas of Relativism and Morality. Those four areas are: (1) Genocide, Politically Induced Famine, and Germ Warfare; (2) Terrorism, Hostage Taking, and Child Warriors; (3) Slavery, Polygamy, and Incest; and (4) Rape, and Female Genital Cutting. Addressing these four areas, while seemingly overwhelming, is not necessarily so. I will attempt to prove my point.
We, the citizens of the world, predominately accept the aforementioned ...view middle of the document...
Goodman states that terrorists explode the values they claim to fight for. Their victims blood blurs and blots whatever ends were meant to justify the carnage. pg 89. This is certainly true if we take a look at what happened on 9/11 in New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, and the rest of our country. For it was on that day that terrorists targeted non-combatants to intimidate and attract attention. They certainly attained their goal, we as much as all other countries around the civilized world are definitely paying attention, twenty-four hours per day and seven days per week. Unfortunately we cannot know when, where, how, or with what vehicle the next attack will come.
Goodman states that Hostage taking and the abduction, training and deployment of child warriors are parallel violations of human dignity.
With no disparagement toward Prof. Goodman, because he is certainly wiser in these matters than I, I do consider the previous, short, paragraph to be an understatement. Of course, I am trying to take into consideration what I read on the internet and what I see and hear on television, almost on a daily basis. All we have to do is look at the daily news to see the young men who have been abducted from their families, and put into servitude by the terrorists, already in place. In some parts of the world, children as young as seven years old are being trained to fight and kill. (ABC news)
It is now time for us to look at Slavery, Polygamy, and Incest. To paraphrase Goodman, Slavery is the deepest exploitation to make a person a tool for use. But slavery cannot destroy our freedom. But central here is the inhuman use of beings. pg 90. Our children are still taught that slavery was abolished by President Lincoln. Nothing is taught about the slavery of today. I am talking about the illegal immigrants who are extorted for cash, brought to our country to work in sweat shops, etc. We, the citizenry either ignore that this is going on, or turn our heads and busy ourselves with our own lives and know that the authorities will take care of the problem. However, it just doesn’t work that way. So, the de-basement of our fellow human beings goes on. Polygamy is truly a form of slavery, whether the individuals in a polygamous society recognize it or not. But, when you have a man with more than one wife, those wives are in their situation to help with childcare,...