Potemkin wrote:This is the problem with moral relativism - it renders morality meaningless. In fact, why bother calling it "morality" at all? You are, after all, merely describing social norms in a given culture of which you are not a member. Why not just call it, "stuff those weird guys over in the other valley do"? Lol.
This is not as big of a deal as some people want to make it seem. For one, religion does not offer any sort of advantage in this matter, if you going to go by scripture... how can you possibly apply moral rulings and evaluation of actions that pertain to things that are happening in a world that is thousands of years in advance compared to when the scriptures were conceived. For instance... is taking a blood pressure medication moral? Scriptures don't mention anything about blood pressure meds.. maybe it is moral, maybe it is not. You might think well... divinity doesn't really care about what you take but you would be wrong, there are plenty of things mentioned in scriptures of various religions that concern what you put in your mouth or swallow. Pigs for jews? Cows for Muslims, Items containing yeast (for real christians
)... so what happens with blood pressure medication, can you take it?
In theory, if we are concerned about well being, you could argue that you could make a supercomputer and input all the variables down to the quantum state of atoms and spit out what are the set of actions that lead to the most aggregate good for humanity... in theory, we might call this the "definitive" or "absolute" morality.
This, however, is not necessarily practical or essential either.
For instance, if I throw you a ball, the number of calculations needed to accurately predict where it will land and/or the trajectory it will take so that you can intercept with your hand is pretty dense. I am sure you can search the internet for the source code for a robot that catches balls, and that code will be pretty damn long (and it is still an approximation, not the real thing "down to the atom). That being said, if I throw you the ball, you will not be doing those calculations in your mind, you will be having a "good enough" rough approximation. I think this is acceptable even as an aspirational goal.
I am definitely not the last word in morality, but I tell you this, all those that claim to be Christians and claim to this supposed moral superiority are full of it, those that would actually follow what scripture exemplifies would end up in jail faster than I can blink.