The best way to combat cultural relativism is to establish a set of standards to which everyone would be held accountable. A collection of moral values that established the boundaries of right and wrong, that would be equally applied to all, and achieved through the process of open dialogue and discussion. The closest thing we have to this might be the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The UDHR is a declaration adopted by the United Nations at its inception in 1948. It is largely recognized as the first global declaration of rights entitled to all.

Despite the existence of the UDHR and many other UN conventions that have come up since elaborating on the UDHR, our world can be characterized by a lack of people having access to the most basic human rights. The UDHR is recognized in words but not in actions. Its application is limited, reserved for a privileged few and denied to so many. As a result its difficult to think of it as truly being universal.

Are there in fact any universal values or norms? If so, who sets them? Is it enough to set them at an international level when they are so rarely reflected in practice?

Many people believe that just as there are physical laws which apply to all human beings, there are spiritual principles that are neither inventions of the human mind nor social conventions. Rather, they are expressions of the laws of material and spiritual existence and are built into the structure of the universe. How can we all be assisted to recognize these universal spiritual principles? Would that change how universal laws were implemented?

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