Monday, March 4, 2013

The Beatles or On Moral Relativism...

Recently, I had found my iPod and an auxiliary to auxiliary cable to listen to it while I drive and remembered how awesome the music I had on there. Among my awesome music consists of most of the Beatles albums. Upon remembering this, I chose to listen to my favorite Beatles album, Rubber Soul, and from there, more reflection on the songs ensued as like before.

Again, the lyrics will be typed in black bold and my commentary will be typed in red italics.

He's a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
But what makes this human person a "nowhere man?" Where is he dwelling that is so empty that it contains nothing?

Doesn't have a point of view,Knows not where he's going to,Isn't he a bit like you and me?

And this is where. This is the emptiness of moral relativism, that there is no truth. Without a set of absolute and objective truths to guide us, we "know not where [we're] going to[.]" As this mindset of "there is no truth" heavily prevails in the overall social mind of Western society, this "nowhere man" is just like us. Empty and wandering.

Nowhere Man please listen,You don't know what you're missing,Nowhere Man, the world is at your command!

A little dogma goes a long way. Dogma does not enslave but frees an individual. Holding to absolute truths allows for people to communicate with others. A person who believes that "there is no absolute truth" commands not the world and all its wonder, but an egotistical universe in his own mind, isolated from the rest of society. The irony is that "there is no absolute truth" is in fact a dogmatic statement.

He's as blind as he can be,Just sees what he wants to see,Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

As I said, moral relativism isolates the person into blindness. The person holding onto relativism refuses to listen to anyone else, because "there is no objective and absolute truth. Your truth is good for you while mine is good for me." This cuts off communication. How could two people communicate when they have built a world of their own in their own heads, built on this idea? "My truth is mine, your truth is yours." How egotistical.

Nowhere Man, don't worry,Take your time, don't hurry,Leave it all till somebody elselends you a hand!

Here I will say, "No! Hurry! Find that absolute truth! Find it as fast as you can!" This will make Nowhere Man the fullest human. Truth must be objective, and not living to that objective truth makes one a liar.

Doesn't have a point of view,Knows not where he's going to,Isn't he a bit like you and me?

The statement "there is no truth" is actually quite interesting to dissect and think about in and of itself.®
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There is no absolute truth.

This makes an absolute statement, therefore...


...this statement is...


There must be absolute truth.

By being true, we have discovered an absolute truth.

The original statement is therefore contradictory.

There must be absolute truth.

The statement rejecting absolute truth in fact logically points to an absolute truth. The objective reality of absolute truth is therefore binding on each and every human being, and it is our duty to follow this truth and mold our lives in reflection of this truth. To fall short of this is dehumanizing and the person failing to do so is nothing more than a liar.

--With bacon,
The Wandering Thinker