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What is ‘wrong’? Is Morality Absolute or Relative? Plus, 6 Quotes to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’.

What is ‘wrong’?

Is Morality Absolute or Relative?

Plus, 6 Quotes on Morality, to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’.

 

According to renowned South African author, Mokokoma Mokhonoana, “There is nothing wrong with being wrong.” I tend to agree with him. Even still, how do we define ‘wrong’?

 

How do we identify what is wrong and what is right? Is ‘wrong’ absolute or relative? The concept of moral relativism explores the objective and subjective interpretation of wrong, as it pertains to various cultural, social personal and historical circumstances.

 

Is Morality Absolute or Relative?

Philosophers believe there are two types of wrong: Absolute wrong, and Relative wrong. Absolute wrong is extremely difficult to pinpoint, because when we believe an act is an absolute wrong, that is, wrong across the board, there is someone, somewhere, whose circumstance, and frame of reference differs from ours, which will most likely reflect his or her interpretation of the action in question.

The question is ‘Is morality ever absolute’? Based on renowned philosophers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, following his extensive research on Moral Relativism, the answer is no. Not all agree however, especially when issue such as human rights arise.

 

Regardless of whether you believe in Moral Relativism, or Moral Absolutism, we can say for sure, that not all actions are worthy of analysis and comparison. For example, an action that does not directly violate the rights of others, or interfere with their freedom should be addressed as relative, because what is wrong for you may not be wrong for me. The lesson is, don’t be quick to judge others by your standards, frame of reference, definitions and interpretations.

 

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Below are a few Quotes to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’.

 

“There is nothing right and wrong until anyone defines it.”

― Zaman Ali

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“Sometimes wrong is just plain wrong. And sometimes wrong is relative. Understand the circumstances, and varying perspectives before you judge.”

― Izey Victoria Odiase

What is ‘wrong’? Is Morality Absolute or Relative? Plus, 6 Quotes on Morality, to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’. - Izey Victoria Odiase

 

 
 

     

    “Lying’s wrong, but when the world spins backwards, a small wrong may be a big right.”

    ― David Mitchell

    What is ‘wrong’? Is Morality Absolute or Relative? Plus, 6 Quotes on Morality, to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’. - Izey Victoria Odiase

     

     

    “There’s nothing as ‘Wrong’ or ‘Right’. It’s the extent of how our mind can interpret the circumstances.”

    ― Bhavik Sarkhedi

    What is ‘wrong’? Is Morality Absolute or Relative? Plus, 6 Quotes on Morality, to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’. - Izey Victoria Odiase

     

     

    “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.”

    ― Stephen Hunt

    What is ‘wrong’? Is Morality Absolute or Relative? Plus, 6 Quotes on Morality, to help us reassess our definition of ‘wrong’. - Izey Victoria Odiase

     

     

     
     

      “This isn’t right. This isn’t even wrong.”

      ― Wolfgang Ernst Pauli

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