Frustrating, ain't it?In our world today it seems like relativism is all around us. Everywhere we hear claims similar to “truth is relative” and “everyone lives by their own truth”. These views are found amongst the political, amongst intellectuals and, at times, even in the halls of religion. They can take various shapes and an underlying belief that truth is relative can be found in statements ranging from “You’re imposing your views on me” to “That may be true for you but it isn’t for me”. It is truly unfortunate that so many people subscribe to such a false dogma.
One of the most interesting things about the arguments against absolute truth is how logically contradictory they are. I don’t think that I can put it better than Absolute Truth so I will simply quote it, “You can't logically argue against the existence of absolute truth. To argue against something is to establish that a truth exists. You cannot argue against absolute truth unless an absolute truth is the basis of your argument. Consider a few of the classic arguments and declarations made by those who seek to argue against the existence of absolute truth:
‘There are no absolutes.’ First of all, the relativist is declaring there are absolutely no absolutes. That is an absolute statement. The statement is logically contradictory. If the statement is true, there is, in fact, an absolute - there are absolutely no absolutes.
‘Truth is relative.’ Again, this is an absolute statement implying truth is absolutely relative. Besides positing an absolute, suppose the statement was true and ‘truth is relative.’ Everything including that statement would be relative. If a statement is relative, it is not always true. If ‘truth is relative’ is not always true, sometimes truth is not relative. This means there are absolutes, which means the above statement is false. When you follow the logic, relativist arguments will always contradict themselves.
‘Who knows what the truth is, right?’ In the same sentence the speaker declares that no one knows what the truth is, then he turns around and asks those who are listening to affirm the truth of his statement.”
One of the other interesting things about relativism is that it defies reality. If “my truth” is that by flapping my arms and running in circles I will succeed in flying will the laws of physics somehow repeal themselves to allow me to fly? No. There are absolute rules of science that govern such cases. It is no coincidence that if I take the exact same ingredients, mix them in the exact same quantities, under the exact same conditions then it will produce the same result. If truth were truly relative then wouldn’t the results of my previous actions reflect that relativity by giving me random results?