Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Something occurred to me, a bit earlier on.
In France, the Muslim cause du jour, has been the controversial headscarf ban. In conjunction with the kidnapping of two French journalists, and the tragic events in Beslan, many Muslims would be best served focused on what goes in the head, as opposed to what goes on the head.
Having said that, Paulie, over at The Commons, has an excellent piece on moral relativism. In a world were moral absolutes seem to have gone the way of the dodo bird, Paulie puts into focus some absolute truths:
Nothing is more patently obvious than all humans are alike born with the
rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In our country we call these rights inalienable, which means they cannot be taken away or abridged. These rights form the basis for our government and our society: we are born with unlimited potential to be happy and free.
On the other hand, nothing is more patent than not all humans are equally
talented. Some are smart, some are dumb. Some can draw well, some can not. Some are swift, some can leap, some can build, some, we lucky, lucky few, can only run their mouths. To expect all humans to be equally capable in all areas is so absurd. What we can only hope for as a society is to recognize the common humanity, and allow for all humans to be free to pursue happiness, as they are able according to their capabilities. This is one of the cornerstones of modern conservatism."
His words are also the cornerstone of truth. As a unique species, we should strive for excellence and not the mediocrity of moral relativism. Excellence is achieved through the struggle, not where you are when you hit the finish line. There will always be someone who crosses the line first. That in no way diminishes the efforts of everyone else.
Poland has struggled through tough times since the Wall came down. The strength of their economy is nowhere near ours and nowhere near where it will be in the coming decades. That 'unequalness' in now way prevented Poland from joining us in Iraq. It is true, their military contribution does not and cannot exceed ours. Nevertheless, the moral fortitude shown by the Poles cannot be deemed less than our own. They are equals at that table and are recognized as such. The same applies to all our allies.
Morality is a funny thing. It doesn't discriminate between rich and poor. You are moral or you aren't.
Morality requires active participation, to the best of our abilities.
Moral relativism does not. Moral relativism is in reality, isolationist and selfish. There are no hard choices to be made, no stand to be taken.
Darfur is a perfect example. Nothing is done because no one wants to offend anyone. We bemoan the tragedy but don't condemn the perpetrators or their enablers. In the meantime, more lives are lost.
All the while, UN diplomats are talking over cocktails and haute cuisine.