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The Power of Perspective In our day and age the issue of cultural relativism is a very perplexing topic to discuss When can one say that anothers actions are right or wrong Does the fact of intellectual superiority have any say in the matter of who has the right to interfere with other cultures Well after reading and analyzing the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe I realize that I am a cultural relativist to an extent I believe that any type of so called bizarre practice is merely a cultural difference and I do not think that it should be judged in any way or form only if the practices of a culture force people to reluctantly do harm to their bodies If a person has grown up in a different kind of environment and was taught different morals or characteristics they shouldnt be judged just because they are different Unless people are being unwillingly physically abused other people should not interfere with customs and beliefs of other cultures no matter how different they might be With all the different cultures in the world you are bound to find some practices that clearly have to be interfered with due to the magnitude of unnecessary pain that is inflicted on innocent people One plainly obvious example is the Nazis mass extermination of the Jew The United States took the right course of action of stepping in to stop the Nazis because their actions against the Jews were undoubtedly an act through hatred and not cultural practices It would be ridiculous to say that it is in the Nazi heritage of killing Jews and so according to my rule it was the right action for the United States to take When people have no say in the actions performed or forced on their bodies I consider that to be a practice that should be interfered with The female genital mutilation or FGM practiced
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