Compare Lenn E. Goodman's article "In Some Moral Minima" with Relativism theory.

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The Moral Principles of Society


"But you agree that doing wrong is "uglier" than suffering wrong." - Socrates in Plato's Gorgias

In "Some Moral Minima", Lenn E. Goodman (Goodman, 2010) posited not only ethical and moral reasoning, but universal values found in almost every culture. He touched on some of the most egregious atrocities from past to present. These are not new issues that philosophers and scholar's debate, but moral issues and the unjustness of them have been debated since 300 B.C. and perhaps earlier. Mr. Goodman points out specific rules that no one should do intentional harm to others, regardless of circumstance, religion, ethnicity, or nature. Relativism cannot be a valid argument for these basic arguments, as the relativist cannot offer reasons of why we should be tolerant of such abhorrent acts. The relativist ignores notions of every action, there is consequence; with every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

This is because of perceptions, same reality, and two different perceptions. The Relativist also abandons the idea of any moral truth to justify any action. For the following summary of "Some Moral Minima", we follow my perception and how these moral violations relate to the Relativist and if truth can be found in the argument.

Adolf Hitler to his Army commanders, August 22, 1939: "Thus for the time being I have sent to the East only my 'Death's Head Units' with the orders to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of Polish race or language. Only in such a way will we win the vital space that we need. Who still talks nowadays about the Armenians?"

First, we look at genocide, the term coined by Ralphael Lemkin in 1941 and used in print for the first time in...