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Cultural Relativism and Absolutism Western Culture Idealizes Essay

… ¶ … Cultural relativism and absolutism

Western culture idealizes individual autonomy and choice above all things -- better to make a mistake in choosing a partner, it counsels, so long as it is your own mistake, than to have the choice made for you, for good or for ill. Even in high school, "Romeo and Juliet" is not read as a cautionary tale, but as a story of star-crossed lovers who are torn apart because their parents refused to allow them enough autonomy. Thus it is very difficult for Sam, or indeed anyone from Western culture to understand Jaza's obedience to her family's will, given that Western nations see innovation and challenging accepted values, if they conflict with individual personal desires, as part of necessary…. [read more]

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