Moral Relativeism

Just been reading some of CS Lewis’s writings – today about “A Real Right or Wrong” … this blogger puts it succintly:

Today it isn’t very strange to hear people (like Nietzsche) say, , ‘each individual has to decide what is right and wrong from within his culture or community and different cultures have different moralities. To this C.S Lewis says “But they haven’t. They have only had slightly different moralities” he goes on to say, “Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud for double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well try to imagine a country where two and two made five. Men have differed as regards what people you ought to be unselfish to – whether it was only your own family, or your fellow countrymen, or every one. But they have always agreed that you oughtn’t to put yourself first. Selfishness has never been admired. Men have differed as to whether you should have one wife or four. But they have always agreed that you mustn’t simply have any woman you liked.”

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