So, I started my Ethics class two weeks ago, and it's getting kinda hairy. There is only 22 of us, and there is already a line in the sand. On one side, there are the "so obviously atheist/agnostic it is not funny" and "The bible says it is the good book so I am going to agree with it.".
The question for Wed. was "are you a relativist or an absolutist?". I, either misreading or just not really explaining myself, stated that I was an absolutist. There are things that I personally believe, hands down, that are just wrong. But there are things I also think that are up for interpretation. An example of this could be either marriage or co-habitation. I see nothing wrong with adults who are gay getting married. Same thing for people who are in a polyamorous relationship(I'm not but hey, it works for some folks).
The example I used was corrective rape(I thought it was wrong. period. No reason whatsoever that it could be used for good.).
Well, some really good responses came. One being someone pointing out where I was wrong(I thanked them) and them talking about the different variations on relavitism(it's mind blowing!). Even a christian stated that it was, in her words "true".
I honestly thought I was going to be drawn and quartered, because I've just been really really blunt in that class.
For example, we talked about the differences between ethics, religion, ettiquite and law. In the discussion forum for our class, a classmate stated that religious edicts are perfect because they are based on the word of God. I wanted to hit my head on the wall. I told her how i disagreed with her and how religion could actually push immoral agendas. I then did ask her if a religion pushed an immoral agenda, should it be left alone or should it be changed. The answer(to me) seemed obvious. She NEVER responded. I will note that the question I asked was a bit more polished than what I am saying now.
I had to say the same thing to another classmate, who then asked me why the stuff i listed was any different from real life. I wanted to just hit my head repeatedly.
It was as if they didn't want to think. I mean, I do. I know I'm going to get the answers wrong from time to time, but...come on!