Before I even start with the argument I’m about to present and the story that inspired it, I’m just going to put out a simple statement. If you’re a relativist and you can understand the logical fallacy of the statement, then continuing to be a relativist would be retarded. Ready? Here goes: Truth is relative. Think about that.
Anyway, while tooling around yahoo! news I came across a particularly horrifying story that comes out of Africa. According to some Canadian human rights people, Tanzanians are all about killing albino children because they think they’re evil, and that their various fluids and body parts, in potion form, can grant the imbiber fortune in life. Oh, and they happen to think that raping albino girls is a cure for AIDS.
You know in your heart that this is morally wrong, but for some fucked up reason you’re afraid to say that they’re wrong. Why? Are you afraid of people perceiving you as being judgmental? Guess what: everyone judges, even you. So why keep your mouth shut about it?
|She's evil apparently.|
But you don’t agree with that. Whenever I bring that up to a relativist, they usually stutter to explain how I’m incorrect on that one. “Well no. Murder is wrong, but I can’t impose that moral on someone else.” Sure you can, asshat, because you don’t want to be murdered. Because you know that if you murdered someone, you probably wouldn’t be able to live with yourself. So are we supposed to tell African Americans that they can shut up about slavery? Truth and morality are relative to a culture right? So since Southern culture in ante-bellum America believed it was okay, then it was okay, right?
“Well Jack it wasn’t okay because we believe in Liberty.” So Liberty is something exclusive to America? Slavery is okay everywhere else as long as the culture doesn’t believe in Liberty?
I could go on forever with endless examples that logically prove relativism is retarded, but the best example is that little statement I left for you at the top. “Truth is relative.” In case you didn’t figure out how that’s logically retarded here’s the answer. If you say that “truth is relative,” then you’ve basically just said something that is universally true, that all truth is relative. See the paradox? I know what you’re thinking. “Well, that’s the only universal truth then.” Wrong. Because that statement is also a universal truth. So now we went from truth being relative, to there being two universal truths: that truth is relative, and that’s the only universal truth.
|If you're here and an albino . . . you might want to GTFO.|
It actually means that there are an infinite number of universal truths, because you have to go on forever saying that “those are the only 2 universal truths; those are the only 3 universal truths,” and so on.
Man, for people who claim to have logic on their side, they sure don’t seem to mind when their beliefs are completely illogical. Please, I want a relativist to call me a “judgmental asshole,” so I can poke holes in that statement as well.