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Home Haircuts

  1. Sep 22, 2005 #1
    Rather than going to a barber shop and paying $15 for a haircut every month I bought some clippers and cut my own hair. Last week I used them to cut my hair and wasn't sure how the trim on the neckline looked. I asked one person and they said it looked fine. I asked another and they said it looked like a home haircut, not straight, but jagged.

    Both people saw the same thing and have come to two different conclusions. How can I know if either is correct without having a second mirror to see for myself?

    I realized that it would be comforting for me to view myself with my own eyes. I would be able to form an opinion about my appearance that satisfied me, and trim my neckline to however I preferred. For my haircut a second mirror will remedy the situation easily enough, but what about perspectives on life? Does anyone else find that it can be confusing and sometimes frustrating not knowing what to believe is true? And do we all gain comfort from perspectives that are a second mirror image of our own?
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  3. Oct 20, 2005 #2
    We live nowadays in a pluralistic world, one that has many different creatures/cultures, each with their own outlook on life.
    This sort of reminds me of the something-or-other written, i forgeth where and when. The gist is, this king wants to find out some sort of moral truth, etc. The situation ends up with 2 chiefs from different cultures. The king (or his anthropologist) asks one of them "What do you do with your dead?".
    Guy 1 replies "We consume them, so that we may carry on our ancestors' through [eternity]"
    Guy 2 replies to the same questions "That is outrageous, eating your dead! We cremate ours... [for such and such reasons]"
    Guy 1 of course, is outraged.
    Point is, nobody will ever agree on moral absolutes.
    Anyhow, everything is subjective (according to some), there are very few things that everyone can agree upon. Especially the retardedness of your haircut.
    One theory I found interesting, or funny, was that of (I want to say subjectivism, but I am almost sure i'm wrong), that lays out a very simple rule "Every culture can do what they want, so long as they don't infringe upon other culture/peoples' beliefs/rights". This seems fine and dandy, save for the fact that, upon reflection, someone is imposing the rule of non-interference upon everyone else. Who is this person/group, and why is their view superior?
    Anyhow, I fear that I have not really answered your question. I'm taking ethics right now, so, this is all biased towards some of waht i've been reading in there...
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