There is a right, and wrong.
We live in relativistic times — in over one-half of the world — and in an absolutist headlock throughout much of the other half.
Modern Relativism got its start with Christ, and then exploded into a scientifically based philosophy/religion, with Einstein’s publication of his General Theory of Relativity.
In a bizarre alliance, Islam and communism have become axis powers – from opposite directions – reacting strongly against this non-intuitive philosophy, which reaches far beyond just the science of light, into all our realms of understanding.
Islam of course — is not relativistic at all — it is a massive societal reaction, through religion – against this new stretchy paradigm, which got its true beginnings with Christ, and just got a modern supercharging from Einstein. Most people would challenge me here, believing Christianity to be much more absolutist, than relativistic, even Islamic in it’s absoluteness.
This author does not agree.
Certainly most Christian churches, when empowered politically — will, and have — abused that power horribly, as bad as Muslims do, and in an absolutist fashion, for sure.
This is not important.
Power corrupts and the powerful, from all walks — are corruptible. The point is, that humility, forgiveness and love – Christ’s philosophical triumvirate, are not absolutist in the least. They define the algorithm necessary to see right and wrong from a new perspective, one where the act of judging, becomes the greater wrong, and turning the cheek, a no-no evolutionarily, makes sense.
Communism sees this clearly and is atheistic for this reason. They are hedging every bet on competency in China today, this is now doctrine – because they clearly see, and are naming Democracy — and Free Will — (both relativistic essentials), as hindrances toward efficiency, not a helping hand.
China tried, ironically, to use loyalty to the ideals of communism, as a cohesive, pseudo religious force, and it completely failed. Deng’s turn toward capitalism 25 years ago; toward a market economy, using import substitution and expanded private property rights, plus limited political and travel openness — were just pragmatic necessities, not a change of constitutional magnitude — as Xi has demonstrated by now attempting to reverse a lot of Deng’s decisions.
If Deng had been serious, he would have introduced a second political party, real competition for the CCP, and a Xi would be not be possible today.
Relativism of course can go too far. There are now as many genders as ice cream flavors and I’m still a Vanilla and Chocolate believer, but that also does not matter.
Relativism will win out; because there is a right and wrong, it’s just that the definition of love evolves, so that line – for each of us, that love definition if you will — is ever expanding. No absolutist state or state actor can ever accept this. Hence freedom spreads slowly but inexorably.
Communism and Sharia law will die out — because the Chinese and Shiite have one important thing wrong — absolutism is not more efficient that Free Will, diversity of faith, free markets and a free press; not philosophically, not religiously, not evolutionarily, and not economically.