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forbidden. In such a short definition, we can understand that morality is a norm to self. If you develop according to your own heart, as long as I am willing, there is nothing to limit me. I can kill, steal, and commit adultery. This is a situation that human society will happen without moral constraints. So now human beings have morality, and such morality is higher than our self. The self can only act within the scope of morality. It is like the sword of Damocles hanging over our heads, as long as we cross with the scope of moral regulations, morality will punish us to show vigilance.
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Journal 2: Ethical relativism The concept of right and wrong in relation to cultures is very interesting. When I read this topic, my first response is that it is hard to say culture is right or wrong. Some cultures say certain things are wrong, while others may not hold that exact same thing as very important. Different people have different culture concepts, which is normal. The concept is ethical relativism, which means different people have different understanding or definition of ethics. Some people may this is moral, but some people think it is immoral. Ethical relativism represents that there is no moral absolutes, no moral right or wrong. People's thinking is changing with their life experience or forms of society. There is no doubt that different countries have different cultures and the concept may go totally opposite. Even in one country, different areas have different cultures. For example, China has a lot about marriage custom, many families may argue about the custom. It seems a little thing, but we can see culture difference exists everywhere. We cannot simply say who is right or wrong. I believe the best way to treat culture differences is to respect. As the famous saying goes” when you in Rome, do as Romans do”, which I think is the best explanation. So I think it is hard for us to judge right or wrong to the cultures. Maybe we need to learn more to distinguish.
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  • Fall '07
  • Holcombe
  • Ethics

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