Imagine this, if you can.

If a man has been taught that, say, fighting to the death with total strangers is considered glorious, who is to say it isn’t? Let’s call his culture, "x".

If a man has been taught that fighting is for people who can’t use their heads to solve problems, who is to say he’s wrong? This shall be "y".

Culture x wages war against culture y. A man from culture x is captured as a prisoner, but they do not beat him, and gradually, he learns to love them and their unwillingness to cause pain on others. He gives up fighting forever. Back at base in culture x, he is deemed a blood traitor and is eventually assassinated for giving up his glory, honour and dignity.

Which culture is right? Is there really an answer to that? Where are the limits? If it becomes acceptable in culture "z" to rip someone’s teeth out because you want to, is that wrong? Well the good people of culture z don’t think it is. x and y might, but to z, that’s life for you. Where are the lines? How do we know what is really considered "right" in terms of moral and culture?

I don’t know.


3 thoughts on “Imagine this, if you can.

  1. Korelee says:

    I think you know the Wiccan Rede ‘An it harm none, do as ye will’
    Everybody has their own morals but they are only truly morals if they only affect you.
    It’s called common courtesy.

  2. Liam, Baron of Hoskuldstadir says:

    There’s an international debate about whether morals and ethics are universal, whether they are set in stone for all human beings, regardless of culture. Of course, it’s more than possible for a person to be conditioned to be free of moral conduct, and of course, different cultural customs come with their own acceptances and rejections of different things. However, I would certainly like to believe that, aside from these differences, there is some kind of immutable, unchangeable moral law which prevents a kind of ‘ethical anarchy’ outbreaking in the world. But this would only happen if society was so self-interested that everyone suddenly believed that the only way to succeed was to (I quote Bruce Dawe) "kick wherever you see a head, and kick whoever’s down."
    Simultaneously, most people’s self-interest is only curbed because they are afraid of the law. Doesn’t that reinforce your appreciation of stable politics?

  3. Pat. says:

    Remember that both the story and the listeners are from culture y already. That being said, is it fair to ask us?

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