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    Default Is a balance between ethnocentrism vs. cultural relativism viable?

    Bonus question: Is it possible to argue that a given culture is superior to another culture?

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    Slow Wednesday, eh?
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    Cowards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Cowards.
    Well, what do you think?

    I prefer the values I was raised with, but, if I was raised with different values, I probably would think something different. Just because I'm aware that people have different standards and opinions, though, does not mean that I am going to neglect my own. I think it's important to stand up for your own perspective while recognizing that other people have different perspectives.

    If you don't stand up for your perspective, who else will? It's your responsibility to advocate for it.

    I think humanity is best served by some method for measuring what something is worth. Nihilism is a waste of the short time you have before you become worm food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Bonus question: Is it possible to argue that a given culture is superior to another culture?
    I feel like the bonus question is more relevant. The answer is obvious: Yes, like everything is judgeable as long as you pick a criteria to judge on. Like Hawaiian culture is way ahead of the curve on the SPAM culinary arts, and Cambodia/Thailand is probably the highest on smiles-per-capita. But there is no objective judgement, the closest are the values of whatever culture you belong to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    Well, what do you think?
    I'm... not sure lol, I feel like that's always gonna be a source of conflict. I wanted some food for thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    I think humanity is best served by some method for measuring what something is worth. Nihilism is a waste of the short time you have before you become worm food.
    Agreed.
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    Hmm. Needs clarification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    Well, what do you think?

    I prefer the values I was raised with, but, if I was raised with different values, I probably would think something different. Just because I'm aware that people have different standards and opinions, though, does not mean that I am going to neglect my own. I think it's important to stand up for your own perspective while recognizing that other people have different perspectives.

    If you don't stand up for your perspective, who else will? It's your responsibility to advocate for it.

    I think humanity is best served by some method for measuring what something is worth. Nihilism is a waste of the short time you have before you become worm food.
    Relativism is not necessarily nihilism. It's the objective recognition of your's and other's own (non-pejorative) prejudices. Agreed.
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    If you apply certain external standards and metrics to what makes a culture good or bad, then yes. I think it is foolish to not have some sort of standard(s), so as such, yes some cultures.can be viewed as better than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hard View Post
    If you apply certain external standards and metrics to what makes a culture good or bad, then yes. I think it is foolish to not have some sort of standard(s), so as such, yes some cultures.can be viewed as better than others.
    Such standards aren't really objective. They're the equivalent of me saying something like, Sally is bad because she always fights me for the last lemon poppy seed muffin and loads the copy machine with three-hole punch paper. But, the stakes are always higher. It's fine to have criteria to judge, but I feel it's important to be aware of where that criteria comes from.
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