It’s time to break from my dense writing and make a quick note. It seems that relativism is being posted up as a straw man everywhere I turn. Rather than let those who’ve built it knock it down, I am going to handle it myself. We’re a long way from Kansas, Toto.
Relativism serves literally thousands of purposes. At its root, the only statement the relativist position expresses is that a truth must be measured against something empirical.
Simply stated, it is a place holder for unknown variables – or, missing information.
People are often confused about why this conceptual identity is useful. It helps us work around unknowns. And, well, until every truth can be objectively accounted for in its utmost finality, we cannot assume absolutes.
This is the ironic part. Due to the idea that absolute reality is unknown, any finding may hold dependent relationships with unsubstantiated, or undefined, parameters. Therefore, it is subject to change without warrant – making it relative in principle.
Relativism mobilizes a framework of ideas (like mathematics, for instance). That is its use, and a noble use indeed.
Causal relationships can be estimated and acted on; however, they must always be noted as relative in principle. Otherwise, societies would be cursing epileptic demons and sailing their ships along coastal lines in order to be certain they’re not drifting off the edge of a flat earth.
If this straw man must die – let him be buried next to teh “LULZ”
Yes…I’m doing it for them.
Now that I have addressed the misconception, I still see the source of the problem. Or, a source, rather…
I’m still not sure why people are rushing in so daringly to dismiss relative modalities. They seem to be rushing in without thought.
It could be fear. I understand that the idea may be seen as a potential threat to people attempting to understand reality. People like to be certain, but I assure you that absolutism stands on the shifting sands of relativity.
Be content knowing that the only true constant is change. There, you can be certain of something. lol