This week, I read the best article I have been assigned to read in my 4 years of University. Confessions of A Former Cultural Relativist by Henry Bagish. You can find it online here, it is a little long but believe me when I say it is 100% worth your time!
You might think that this was assigned to me in my Anthropology class, but it was actually for my Moral Education class. It forced me to rethink they way I view others, and opened my eyes to some harsh realities. If you read it, keep in mind that it is a little dated. We also need to be critical of the author for a few things. First of all, he uses extreme examples to make his point, but also he is looking at things from a western (and Christian) viewpoint. He claims to be standing up for what is right, but one might argue that he is only standing up for what is considered right in our western world. What do you think of the examples he uses to make his point? Do you agree with his conclusion? At first, I did, he won me over by appealing to my compassion and moral being, but upon further reflection I believe the author has presented an ethnocentric view point. I would love to hear your thoughts!