Ethical vacuum

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Moral collapse
Moral relativism
Dependence on ethical decay
Moral pollution
Moral chaos
Decayed moral environment
Moral illiteracy
Moral vacuum
Moral uncertainty
Moral ambiguity
Moral myopia
Ethical relativism

Moral relativism considers that something, such as abortion, can only be right or wrong in relation to one or another moral framework. Morality is then a human invention. The relevant moral principles are thus nothing but conventions that result from a process of tacit moral bargaining through which some groups can exert pressure on others in an effort to change the current moral conventions. This encourages the view that "anything goes" and that morality is just a matter of opinion. Relativism makes dialogue pointless, assuming that there is no binding truth or that partners in the dialogue are saying the same thing in different ways.


Breakdown in traditional beliefs and a decline in respect for traditional authority, customs, and moral standards has led to a decay in conventional ethical values (often with nothing replacing them) and contributes to the emergence of new ideologies which are destructive and seek violent and simplistic solutions to problems. Concern for others, humility, hard work, and an unselfish outlook are lost as a sense of desperation fills people's minds and governments adopt militarist and hawkish ideologies.

Counter Claim:

Every one has and operates out of a system of ethical beliefs, even the absolute relativist or the most self-centred hedonist. It is not the decline of morality but whether or not the morality, or more accurately, moralities of today's society assists in the physical, social and spiritual growth of the individual and of society as a whole.


Broader Problems:
Behavioural deterioration
Problem Type:
A: Abstract Fundamental Problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 15: Life on Land
Date of last update
15.04.2019 – 16:56 CEST