Do you believe in absolute RIGHT and WRONG of things?

Philippines
May 6, 2008 2:28am CST
I consider myself as an open-minded person. But sometimes, I tend to think things in my own points of view. That sometimes... what I think is right may not be right to somebody but it doesn't really matter... as long as I think it is. That is why I don't believe in RIGHT and WRONG being absolute... It's just you that's going to matter... it's like you're the center of the universe and all the things should revolve around you... Also... If a hundred people think that THIS is right... and only YOU think that it's wrong... then there's a SLIGHTEST chance that it is WRONG. Right?
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@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
6 May 08
I don't believe in absolutes. A hundred people can be mistaken. And we all have to make our own decisions about what's right and wrong..and all the things inbetween and when it's acceptable if at all. I know that in survival concepts such as right and wrong are very flimsy...in war it gets shaky, in everyday life the worst can happen and our concepts can be tested or broken. Life's not simple enough that we can all know what's right or wrong, all the time, in all situations...nor is it simple enough to be the same for every person in every circumstance they can get in...looking at it from a scientist's point of view that's even plainer -- there's too many variables for right and wrong to be as simple as that.
• Philippines
6 May 08
That's exactly right... THERE ARE MANY VARIABLE TO THINGS TO BE RIGHT AND WRONG... Why not go back to basics... and rely on your instinct and rationality that a thing is RIGHT. Sometimes... the anwers to very hard questions is to simplify things and decide on something that you can be happy about... that you can live with... that you can learn with...
• United States
6 May 08
Heh, mostly what you can live with...I measure more with others' happiness and well-being rather than my own. 'Cause I couldn't live with myself if I chose my own over theirs...especially if something seriously bad happened. Instincts and intuition can be our lifesavers sometimes, when all else fails us, concerning what's right.
• Philippines
6 May 08
I'm not talking about selfishness whe it comes to deciding things. If you decide on things based on your own hapiness, that doesn't mean that you are hurting others in return... some might be hurt on things that you decide but at the end of the day... It's better to decide on what you truly want. Are you going to be happy when you end up more people to hurt? Can you live with it? because if you can... and you believe you can be happy... then I think that's what matters... LIVE WITH WHAT YOU DECIDE LEARN ALONG THE WAY
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
6 May 08
Well, there's a conflict in morals on what's right or wrong for some people. Culture and beliefs are along traditions which can be truths for those who believe it while those who are just spectators can have their own ideas and remarks. For absolute truths on opinions and perspectives cannot be. Different people have differect thoughts and ideas. Even when I'm posting this opinion of mine, someone out there, even if they aren't members of this site, might think otherwise of what I am saying..
• Philippines
6 May 08
Culture and beliefs is very hard to contradict sometimes. I agree with you my friend that because of our different cultures and beliefs... the ABSOLUTE right and wrong may not really exist. That's a nice concept.
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
7 May 08
The only certainty that we all could be sure of is uncertainty, I guess..
• United States
6 May 08
Different strokes for different folks? I have my own thoughts and opinions and live by them? But those from other cultures or those raised by different people than I was have their own thoughts and those should be respected, although my way is different. I feel that, as long as the person follows the law..I am OK with they way they are. Just..I do not like rude/mean people. But otherwise..everyone can be different. If we were all the same, life on Earth would be prtty dull.
@scrawl (374)
• India
6 May 08
You ought to ask a lawyer this question....Because without this way of thinking, our judicial system cannot work..... However, this cannot be applied in personal relationships [personal viewpoint]....so if you are a role-player or a drama-player, then you gonna have problems....
• Philippines
6 May 08
I think you might be right on your point of view with our judicial system. A lawyer may have different answer than our engineer... specially if they are taught in different ways... on ethics and all. Some judicial system is also bound of their countries beliefs... take for example in the middle-east where women are being undermined even in the court of law... (not that I'm against... but women in the philippines play a big role in the country)... For Judicial systems... they have also different views on certain things... so if the other say otherwise... and they actually have a point... there's a chance that they are right... and you are wrong... and the list goes on and on
@skysuccess (8881)
• Singapore
6 May 08
When one drives a car, I am sure you are not looking forward to hit another car but can you be assured that the other party will not hit us? Another scenario, we got hit here. Can you be sure that the other party is in the wrong if we had given way and/or the other way round? Then there's another scenario here, there is one accident in front of you waiting to happen, so we began to slow down to avoid. Then came a reckless speedster from behind and we got bumped, so how do you determine whose right or wrong here? Are you not ever in the right? I think in all matters there is never an absolute right or wrong and there is always many sides to look at and perceive. Just do not assume and perceive blindly.
• Philippines
6 May 08
Very well said my friend.
7 May 08
I completely think there is a definate right and wrong to things. Yes somethings have to be based on belief but pure facts cannot be determined by simply believing something different, not that i'll push my fact onto anyone believing something else but as long as they know that what they believe completely condradicts facts i'll have nothing more to say about it, theres no point arguing cuz some people believe things others don't things like God, aliens, armageddon. none really have any solid based facts, and if there is, the goverments have obviously kept them hidden so not to start panic or religious upheaval. but when someone says look is this white bit of paper white well you can't just beleive its a different color and say thats true to you cuz thats what you believe, even if your blind (or color blind) 100,000,000 people with perfect sight will tell you its white and you just can't deny it whether you believe its black or not.
@fifileigh (3619)
• United States
7 May 08
everyone has their own personal perspective of the same thing...it is not right or wrong, but what that individual person is more comfortable with and how they prefer to live. each one's own personality dictates what is wrong and right for that individual and it may vary from individual to individual because everyone is different.
• United States
6 May 08
I believe in what the Bible says is right and wrong and I think a lot of people are going to be in for a big shock when they die because they will be faced with what God says is right and wrong and He isn't going to care if we agree with Him or not. I think most people rationalize what is right and wrong to agree with what they want to do so they can do what they want without feeling guilty about it. The only problem with rationalizing is that it eventually catches up to you. People say that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you are sincere but when a murderer commits murder, he or she is very sincere in what they are doing as being right in their eyes and they are still sincerely wrong! The same goes for a thief or an adulterer. People can choose to believe what they want but in the end, God will have the final say whether or not we as the created agree with it or believe it or not. I think that God often chuckles at the foolish things that come out of the mouths of human beings who think they are so smart. The Bible says that God uses what is foolish to men to confound them. And, being open-minded to the wrong thing is not necessarily a smart thing because you could find yourself being taken down the wrong path and find out the hard way in the long run that you were conned. That's my take on it at least.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
6 May 08
I've learned not to though sometimes I still get caught doing it. The older I get the more I learn there are at least two sides to every situation. My husband I think gets irritated at me sometimes because he will hear about something on the news and I will play the "devil's advocate" and say "well what if the situation is like this"? We never know the full story in most of those news stories anyway.
@kothad (29)
• India
6 May 08
there was a time when we believed that the world is made up of black and white...rather white/black,where one is defined by the other, that is white which is not black and vice versa...and that presupposes the virtue and purity of the white and its assumed superiority over the black. but now we see the grey area in between. in fiction we had characters who are good in the beginning in the middle and are good when the story ends(with virtue rewarded!!) and there are bad characters whose only aim in life is to make the road difficult for the good!! and they are punished in the end. and now it is time for us to get rid of these flat visions...what is right for an eagle is wrong for a lamb. now let me ask the most important question is there a fixed point of reference? we can say that our train is moving only when we can find a fixed point outside the train is there a fixed, unquestionable, absolute truth in life which can be taken as a yardstick?
@kalav56 (11502)
• India
6 May 08
Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so--Shakespeare. Each person has one's own point of view and this is right according to that person. Thisis valid when there is no inter transaction with another human being-be it views, perception, opinion, judgement or anyhting that has no relation to the way you transact with another person. Say for eg, you can have your subjective interpretation of a film, politician, book, play , story and the like. As long as you do not impose it on others then it is fine.If a hundred peple think that something is right[if it is abstract then it does not matter if you think thatthe same thing is wrong].If it is tangible and if it is likely to affect you then what right do the others have to impose their 'right' view on you? But anyhting that would harm another human being or invade another person is wrong even if a hundred people think it is right. Then it cannot be thought of as subjective but we have to abide by social norms of conduct.In such a case this becomes absolute and not relative.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
6 May 08
i consider myself to be open minded as well and while i do think there are some situations where there is right and wrong there are others where there are gray areas. you can be stuck in the middle of some things and not completely agree or disagree. i do have confidence in my own opinion of things and i am not easily swayed by what others think.
@midautumn (219)
• China
6 May 08
as a whole,all the things are relative. you can never use any absolute views to judge. when it comes to different aspects or different perspectives,the answer will be totally different. you should judge something in different ways.and look into the nature from the whole. different ways generate different views.