Cultural Relativism

Cultural relativism is the view that no culture is superior to any other culture when comparing systems of morality, law, politics, etc. It's the philosophical notion that all cultural beliefs are equally valid and that truth itself is relative, depending on the cultural environment. Those who hold to cultural relativism hold that all religious, ethical, aesthetic, and political beliefs are completely relative to the individual within a cultural identity. Relativism often includes moral relativism (ethics depend on a social construct), situational relativism (right or wrong is based on the particular situation), and cognitive relativism (truth itself has no objective standard). (2016
I find some of the tenets of Cultural Relativism to be clear and true. Especially, Descriptive Cultural Relativism, which states that different societies have different moral codes. I believe this to be a factual claim. For example, in America it’s customary for you to stand during the National Anthem. However, I can distinctly remember a grade school friend of mine who was not able to stand for the National Anthem, due to his cultural beliefs. The beliefs of a person, both religious and historical, are often at the core of a person’s culture, and therefore we must respect them. I agree that understanding the different beliefs, moral codes and culture is extremely important. When I think about different examples of culture, it helps me better understand the world around me and of the ideas, beliefs and values that I experience by living in the huge melting pot that is DC Metro Area. So, I would say that I definitely agree with the philosophical notion of cultural relativism, because I believe that all ethical, religious, and political beliefs are relative to the person within his/her own cultural identity.