As mentioned in the Ethical Relativism thread
I don't understand how ethics and morals are *NOT* relative to the individual.
An example: Some people find abortion absolutely hideously evil, and equate it to shooting a 2 year old kid in the head because you don't want them anymore.
Personally, I don't think it's a very good idea in most cases, but I don't have any extreme moral problems with it.
That's ethical/moral relativism right there, isn't it?
sun tzu wrote:
Hm...I could be dead-wrong about this, but it seems to me that the disagreement about abortions is a matter of different morals, but of disagreement on the nature of the fetus: Some see it as a human being, same as you and me - others see it as a mindless bunch of cells that isn't important as long as it isn't a human yet. So, I wouldn't call this a case of realtive morals...Just different worldviews.
It seems that this worldview thing is at the heart of the issue, isn't it?
I mean, while I don't like abortion any, I feel that until the cord is cut, that fetus is a part of the woman's body, and I also feel that your body belongs to you and you alone, and it is your right to do with it whatever you wish.
Other people believe that before it's even a fetus, at the moment of fertilization, the fresh zygote is a human being with all rights and privileges thereof. And therefore, disposing of that zygote carries with it the same moral issues as cold-bloodedly killing any other human being.
What interests me is that the majority of people against abortion are Christians, and they play the "soul card" fast and heavy... Saying that you're endangering the child's immortal soul, that you're preventing the child from having a chance in this world, etc etc etc...
And yet, by their VERY BELIEFS, all babies that die are AUTOMATICALLY sent to Heaven to sit by God's side and yak it up with Jesus the Christ himself.
So it seems to me that even if you follow their worldview, the sin rests firmly on the shoulders of the mother and possibly partially on the doctor, and that it's actually BETTER for the child in the long run...
I mean, the poor kid doesn't have to put up with worldly suffering, and he/she never gets a chance to turn away from the Lord and thereby damn himself to eternal flames... Right? What's so bad about that?
I just can't figure out why they're so fiercely against it. To me, it becomes an issue of personal freedom. Your body belongs to YOU, and nobody else. And that fetus is a part of YOUR BODY. Giving YOU the right to do with it whatever YOU wish to do.
Same reason I'm opposed to the War On Drugs. You should be able to pollute your body with whatever you'd like to. But that's another thread.
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