Often you run into people who say that they do not believe in objective morality. They say that everything is subjective, but what do they mean by that? If I were to summarize the meaning of subjectivism in one image, it would be this: a gun.
That’s a quite provokative claim, but it’s true. If there is no such thing as right and wrong, then how do we decide what to do? More importantly, how do we decide who gets to make decisions over whom? Well, there is really only one way: whoever controls the most guns is right.
That is the basis of the ill-named system of government known as democracy. It is based on the notion that everyone gets a gun, represented in the form of a vote. Whoever can muster up a majority will get to decide what’s right for all, because the majority controls the most guns.
So the next time you meet someone who says that everything is subjective, bring the following image to mind to get an accurate notion of what he is really saying: