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This I Believe: There is never a right answer

Screen shot 2014-02-27 at 10.07.34 PMThis I believe: there is never a right answer. Life is not a math problem where finding the solution is simple and any one from any race, country, or religion can understand. Unfortunately, life is not as objective as we are taught it is. Children are taught what is acceptable based on who they are raised by, meaning they could be under the influence of a Christian or Islamic family, a criminal or a model citizen.

We like to think that we innately posses our morals, but the truth is that we are taught them. If a child was born and not taught that killing another human being is considered wrong, then he will live his life accordingly. The tragedy that befell America in September 11, 2001 is a perfect example.

The people who attacked the Twin Towers and killed many innocent people technically were vindicated. Here is the justification: it was not wrong to them. In fact, they believed that their cause was just and therefore one cannot objectively say that those thoughts and actions were wrong. It seems incorrect to say that such a horrific act of terrorism could possibly be justified and to almost any American, or really almost person, it could not be. But who are we to tell those who think and were taught differently than us that they are wrong? What proof do we have? Can we work out the math that murder is wrong or show objectively that the morals and ethics so readily accepted by most are right? No, we can’t.

Humans are not born with some greater conscience that transcends our innocence and ignorance. We only know what we are taught. Something that is so obviously correct to us can be on the opposite end of the spectrum for another person. Wearing shoes indoors is taboo in some Asian cultures, yet accepted in many Western places. Neither party is wrong nor does either have any right to attempt to reform the other. They act based on how they are expected to.

Why can this principle not be extrapolated and applied to more controversial topics? Because we are uncomfortable with others shaking the ethical ground on which we are so comfortable. Right and wrong does not exist outside of the law and the law itself is created with bias, therefore nullifying my previous statement. The only place you can find a correct answer is in your mind:  they cannot be materialized because they do not physically exist. So, for the sake of what you believe, hope that others think just like you.

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