Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism is a term coined by philosopher and social theorist Alain Locke. It became popular – indeed, axiomatic among certain Liberal intelligentsia – due to the extended works of anthropologist-cum-activist Franz Boas and the large number of students who followed the doctrine of Boasian anthropology and its call for them to use their studies in the cause of social activism rather than maintaining the detachment, objectivity, abstraction, and quantifiability in their work that is the touchstone of true scientific endeavor.

Cultural Relativism

Function: noun

Date: 1924

Definition(s):

  1. the belief that the importance of a particular cultural idea varies from one society or societal subgroup to another, the view that ethical and moral standards are relative to what a particular society or culture believes to be good/bad, right/wrong

On the plus side, Boaz was correct in maintaining that groups’ behaviors are based upon their culture as opposed the their race. This, however, is more than counterbalanced by his postulate that Right and Wrong only exist within respective cultures and societies and that it is wrong to judge individuals’ actions by any higher and/or more universal standard.

Ostrich With Head In The SandCultural Relativism – Keeping One’s Head Buried In The Sand

Of course, cultural relativism requires that individuals and societies keep their heads firmly buried in the sand to avoid noticing any of the behaviors of others that might find objectionable or horrific.

Cultural relativists cling to the belief and, following the tenets of Boasian activism, try to force others to accept that all cultures are worthy in their own right and are of equal value and that diversity of cultures, even those with inherently conflicting moral beliefs, is not to be considered in terms of right and wrong or good and bad.

This is core dogma among the Liberals and Progressives. Failure by anyone to adhere to it will cause that individual to be branded as having committed the heinous sin of ethnocentrism.

Ethnocentrism

Function: noun

Date: 1905

Definition(s):

  1. a tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one’s own.
  2. having or based on the idea that your own group or culture is better or more important than others.

It should, however, be noted that the Liberals and Progressives will only apply that standard to what they perceive as the dominant societies or groups, e.g., Whites in America; Christians worldwide; or Western Civilization in general. “Lesser” races, religions, and ethnic / national groups are not held to that rarefied standard and are excused for their ethnocentrism, perhaps because it’s considered part of their culture and, hence, not to be judged.

NOTE: While quoted, I use “Lesser” advisedly. Holding any person or group to a lower standard carries with it an inherent negative value judgement.

It’s really just a pernicious synergy of ethno-guiltism and oikophobia. Cultural relativism has acted as enablers for these pathologies that inflict the Left. Why else would they claim that we cannot for any reason judge others by the metrics of our culture yet others may judge us by the metrics of their cultures. must judge ourselves by the metrics of those others’ cultures? Indeed, except for self-hatred, why else would they also repeatedly and stridently claim that we must judge ourselves by the by the metrics of others’ cultures?

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