My niece T, who is studying anthropology, said ”We are all culturally biased. However liberal we may think we are , there are things about other cultures which will shock us and disgust us.” Got me thinking. I considered myself fairly liberal but she is right. I don’t think I can understand cannibalization, one with consent. Consent cannibalization would not raise moral dilemmas and chaos about human rights in me but just the thought one human eating another human makes me squirm. To communities and tries where this is practiced , it would be perfectly fine.
This started a series of thoughts in me. What is culturally acceptable and what is shocking.
- Is it what the majority of the population across the globe believe for that time period which is acceptable and is the norm.
- Is the what some of the ‘leadership countries believe which is the norm.
- Behavior and activities which do not harm individuals and are not forced such as gentile mutilations, is that culturally acceptable. But then how does we culturally justify war, chemical warfare, corruption and more.
There is no answer… no right wrongs…Just differences and only differences. And I guess the differences are meant to be .. to stay, probe us, make us think and react – positively or negatively. That’s the only piece we have control over.