Cultural Relativity?

Are you, or have you ever been, the parent of a child? If he or she got caught doing something mean to another child without any provocation, such as punching, or kicking, or maybe even biting…how effective was the excuse, “But momma–my friend Billy has been much MORE mean to other kids”? Obviously he wanted you to judge his “personal guilt” on the basis of comparison to Billy.

Did that plea work? It certainly doesn’t work with most conscientious parents! It’s extraneous information. Each child is expected to be responsible for accounting for his own behavior, not that of other children. This seems incredibly self-evident on the small scale within a family.

But for some reason I have found that many adults are comfortable trying to use the same excuse on a much wider scale, with much higher stakes. Read about this phenomenon in a new entry on my Meet MythAmerica blog.

Cultural Relativity


This entry was posted in Meet MythAmerica blog. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s