- Nov 17, 2005
Plenty of people think the way you do, it's called moral relativism. Just because some culture thinks something is OK, doesn't necessarily make it OK though. I would think the downside of cannibalism for a society was obvious - average lifespan goes down, people have to die brutal deaths in order for them to be eaten, the human equivalent of mad cow disease( look it up). As for killing criminals, societies that do tend not to be particularly free or fair, tend to execute people for things like being raped or speaking out against their government, and (in the case of Muslim countries) also tend to treat their women quite badly.Ah someone who thinks the way I do. Good and evil are human concepts/judgements. I will give a few examples. In animal species, often the weak and flawed offspring are killed or left to die. We see that as "the way nature intended it". If a human was to let a baby starve to death because it had a genetic defect, was blind, lame, missing limbs, mentally deficient - it would be seen as cruel - even evil. The difference ? The Bible tells us that we posses a soul and animals do not. But what proof is there - for either argument ?
Cannibals. For them it is not wrong to consume human meat. Even killing outsiders or weaker humans for food, is permitted, even encouraged. In the past, victorious humans in battle, would often eat the heart and other organs of their foes. This was believed to provide them with strength and health. We see it was wrong now, because we are more educated, sophisticated etc. A moral judgement.
In some cultures, killing criminals isn't seen as evil or wrong. It is a warning to others to behave. Other cultures view this practice as barbaric, evil even. Again a moral judgement.
Remove morals - and even cold blooded murder isn't evil. Only if you value human life does it become so.
If God exists - and was the creator of everything - he created everything, even those things/people you judge to be evil.
In other words societies that are radically different from western societies morally, tend to suck for many individuals in those societies in various ways, so I'm inclined to think that western morality is possibly superior objectively speaking.