What is Social Relativism?
Over simplifying, we may say that relativism is the view that truth is
split. The cult has no problem with this. Let the advocates of relativism
support the idea that truth is split with strong facts and arguments. Social
relativism is the view that regardless of whether truth is in fact split,
we must pretend that it is, in order to have social peace. The hallmark
of social relativism is the words "in your opinion".
The phrase is used to dismiss any assertion that makes someone uncomfortable
without having to address the specific facts and arguments that may support
that assertion. Social relativism pretends that all assertions are equal,
so there is no point in trying to determine which assertions are true,
especially if an assertion makes someone uncomfortable or threatens their
"self-esteem". Social relativists abandon the search for truth because
they do not believe that disputes can be addressed in a civilized manner.
Is the War on Social Relativism consistent with Cult Principles?
You may ask:
Is not a war on social relativism inconsistent with the cult's
Draft Fundamental Principle number three which clearly states:
Answer: It is very clever of you to ask that!
Peaceful discussion and debate between different, even contradictory
points of view has often resulted in an advance in knowledge. Suppression
of unwanted assertions has often hampered the advance of knowledge. Declarative
questions must not be solved by an appeal to force.
We the members of the Cult of Free Inquiry, intend to utterly destroy
social relativism. The intellectual positions of social relativism will
be totally desolate, so that no self respecting person will ever want to
accept social relativism again! To this end, we intend to effectively use
the most powerful weapons known. We are not going to fool around with such
toys like nuclear weapons or bacteria. Instead, we will employ confirmed
fact, and sound argument! The use of these weapons is not inconsistent
with cult principles.