Archive for the ‘political correctness’ Category

Even the most tolerant pluralist has difficulties with that aspect of Hinduism, which justifies slavery by insistence in a fixed social order

November 10, 2009

Even the most tolerant pluralist has difficulties with that aspect of Hinduism, which justifies slavery by insistence in a fixed social order. Were the British wrong to stop the forcible burning alive of a widow on her late husband’s funeral pyre?

Michael Green

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Would you be willing to approve the reintroduction of human sacrifice if the Aztec religion is revived?

September 26, 2009

If you believe that ‘truth’ is true only within a given society and that each society makes its own laws and has its own system of ethics that cannot be judged to be wrong by an outsider, let me ask this:

Would you be willing to approve the reintroduction of human sacrifice if the Aztec religion is revived? Would you be stand idly by if a Hindu lady jumped onto the fire consuming her husband’s body? Would you have offered no help to an elderly Eskimo left to starve since it was their ‘tradition’ that the old be no drain on scarce resources? What of female circumcision, polygamy,slavery or the chopping off of hands for theft? These all find their ‘validity’ within the context of some culture’s worldview.

If some of these practices are no longer practiced, why would it be immoral to reintroduce them? If they are currently practiced, why is it immoral to call for their abolition?

The relativist has no reason to disapprove of any ‘cultural’ practice, however barbaric.

I used to think I was poor.

September 16, 2009

I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn’t poor, I was needy. They told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don’t have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.

Jules Feiffer

This reminds me of the politically correct brigade who change the words of (usually negative) things (e.g. ‘fat’, ‘self-indulgent’, ‘greedy’ etc.) to cover reality – rather like the Emperor’s New Clothes.