Bullying Isn’t Really Bad

Posted: August 12, 2013 by Dillon in Apologetics
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There are certain things that everyone agrees is wrong.  For anyone concerned with school or school aged children, we are aware of how destructive bullying is.  Or is it?

I found a debate between Frank Turek and David Silverman that I absolutely loved.  David Silverman eventually delved into the realm of morality, citing a typical post-modern argument of relativism.  For anyone unfamiliar, the relativist view is that all morals are subjective to the individual.  This sounds pretty appealing, until you realize the implications. As Frank Turek points out, if you apply relativism to every scenario, then the Nazis weren’t wrong.  The argument on morality always deals with large scenarios such as this.  I got to thinking, what if we apply this idea of relativity to everything?

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In the relativist argument, I am the judge of my own morality; I don’t have to be subjected to any other morality that might be imposed on me.  Lying, stealing, charity, and compassion are all of equal standing because no behavior is inherently more “moral” than another behavior.  Now what about bullying?  In a relativist view point, what is wrong with bullying?  If all morality is subjective, then it is up to the bully to determine what is right or wrong.  You might say, “Yeah well, the school has rules against that kind of behavior!”  Quite right.  But now you’re trying to impose a standard of obedience because you think it is morally good to follow authority.  Or maybe you think the bully is wrong for causing suffering to another student.  Again, you’re imposing your own morality–in this case that suffering is bad–onto someone else.

It’s easy to see how the relativist view point is detrimental even in a comparatively small scenario.  If we can’t even say that bully is bad, how can we make any judgments about the Holocaust?  We simply can’t.

Unless you adhere to absolute morality.  Absolute morality is the idea that no matter what situation you’re in, there is a definite right and wrong.  What is wrong will always be wrong, and what is right will always be right.  Now if morality is absolute, how do we find out what is right and what is wrong?  We have a source of absolute morality through God.  What is “good” is not defined by what God does, God is bound to do what is good.  When you have an absolute source of morality, you have a clear idea of what is right and wrong.  In the case of bullying, we can safely say using fear and intimidation to emotionally hurt another student is wrong.  But not in David Silverman’s world.

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