In his book, "Relativism -- Feet Firmly Planted In Midair," Greg Koukl points out that one "way to assess the validity of a moral system is to see what kind of person it produces" ...
This week, the sad story from Virginia Tech offered us sickening proof that Koukl's assertion is true.
Given a particular standard of morality, the person who is most moral is the one who practices the specific system's key moral rule consistently ... the one who most closely lives the ideal -- indicates the quality of the moral system... the quintessential relativist is a sociopath, one with no conscience. This is what relativism produces.
Consider the facts in this case:
- Seung-Hui Cho was deemed mentally ill by professionals who, reluctant to render a moral judgment against his warped state of mind and thereby stigmatize him, failed to inform his roommates that they were living with a madman.
- Cho's English professor, after reading the disturbing rantings he passed off as plays, "said she notified authorities about Cho, but was told that there would be too many legal hurdles to intervene. She said she asked him to go to counseling, but he never did."
- Cho was given one-on-one tutoring regarding his "creative writing" but no one dared suggest that his so-called "creativity" was anything more than the disgusting, profane, deluded, and morally reprehensible garbage that it was. Who were they to judge someone's "creativity"?
- There has been some speculation, especially among online forums, that Cho may have been inspired by the South Korean movie "Oldboy." One of the killer's mailed photos shows him brandishing a hammer — the signature weapon of the protagonist — and in a pose similar to one from the film. The film won the Gran Prix prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004.