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Cultural Standards Are All That We Have Our world is a melting pot of different cultures each one unique in its own respect Who we are and what we generally believe to be true or right is a product of what our society values Because our way of living is what we were raised to believe as right it is often hard to except the fact that others live differently In reality different cultures have different moral codes The belief in the objectivity and universality of moral truth is an unachievable ideal standard and holds no practical value It is irrefutable that some values vary from culture to culture As one travels the world they will inevitably see diverging moral standards in many areas such as wearing clothes funerary practices and abortion For example in Mainland China abortion is recognized as an important tool to help curb population growth In the Republic of Ireland on the other hand abortions are not readily available even when the life of the mother is at risk Internet Obviously ethics vary in different societies and it would be nave not to acknowledge this Beliefs of different societies cannot be said to be correct or incorrect because those judgments would imply that there is a universal standard of right and wrong But a universal standard of right and wrong is not only difficult to articulate from an objective standpoint it is theoretically bankrupt Any individual who attempts to formulate an objective set of values will always fail because the prism through which they analyze the world will inevitably be marred by their own experiences and perspectives Therefore moral standards are actually cultural standards and nothing more Cultural Relativism posits that there are no universal ethical truths only various cultural codes Cultural relativism is a theory about the nature of morality 489 One proposition of this theory states that it is mere arrogance for us to try
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