My fundamental question is this: For every single moral human dilemma, is there a universal response or action that is universally “correct”? Let me throw a few questions out:
1. Is it ever okay to rape a woman?
2. An Islamic pedophile woman sexually abuses babies but can not be executed since she is a virgin. Is it okay for the Islamic Guard to rape her so she can be executed the next day? After all, she deserves to die right?
3. If there is only one man and one woman left on Earth and for the survival of our species it is paramount they reproduce, but the woman vehemently rejects the man’s approaches, is it okay for him to rape her to ensure the survival of our species?
If anyone wants to take a stab at the questions please, be my guest. My next point encompasses cultural relativism and how that all ties in with morality. Is there a morality that transcends all culture or should we always approach morality through the context in which it applies? In other words, do we have the right to tell a Venezuelan Shaman for example, that he should not allow children to snort DMT in order to enter a “spiritual plane”? Let me relay two similar but differing scenarios to illustrate what I am getting at:
The Shaman provides DMT—the most powerful psychedelic on the planet—to his grandson in order for him to enter the “spiritual realm” ; this is part of his grandson’s training
The American father provides MDMA (ecstasy) to his son because it will allow them both to experience the football game in a way neither of them have ever experienced it before, one filled with togetherness and love.
Even if we can come to a conclusion here, who has the right to administer this morality? Who holds the key?