A Reason for Living by Tim Keller
For this week’s worldview assignment I would like the students to
read a lyric from the band “The Monkeys” which discusses the way
in which their world became a relativistic one during their lives.
The song has a lamenting tone, and I want the students to think
about the way in which a relativistic view of right and wrong and
of beauty and truth effects human hopefulness. The question for
them to think about is:
How does relativism regarding morals, truth, and beauty effect a
person’s outlook about life and the future, and why?
The song is quite free of inappropriate content. I think its
watchable for all ages.
The lyrics are pasted below. I also think that the music video and
song are also innocent enough for all ages. They can be viewed and
heard here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SubpzqswJRE
Shades of Gray
When the world and I were young,
Life was such a simple game,
A child could play.
It was easy then to tell right from wrong.
Easy then to tell weak from strong.
When a man should stand and fight,
Or just go along.
But today there is no day or night
Today there is no dark or light.
Today there is no black or white,
Only shades of gray.
I remember when the answers seemed so clear
We had never lived with doubt or tasted fear.
It was easy then to tell truth from lies
Selling out from compromise
What to love and what to hate,
The foolish from the wise.
It was easy then to know what was fair
When to keep and when to share.
How much to protect your heart
And how much to care.
Hello parents and students. Last week we began an exploration into
a noxious element of Western, intellectual culture which is both
pandemic and subtle. Relativism or subjectivism is characterized
by the incoherent supposition that realities such as beauty,
truth, goodness and moral wrongness have no objective existence in
the universe, but are merely aspects of the individual’s private
Of course, subjectivist orientations are often much less overt and
explicit than this description of it, and it’s likely that most
people who subscribe to subjectvistic values and sensibilities
don’t recognize the full signification of their views or their
subjectivistic character. But subjectivism is deeply embedded in
our national culture to the extent that it’s pretty essential for
anyone committed to faith or sound reason to be shrewdly
acquainted with it in order for him to understand how logically,
spiritually, and morally flawed it is, how to spot it in his own
and others’ thoughts and beliefs, and in order to avoid its
gravity (this concern is especially poignant for aspiring college
To begin our discussion of American subjectivism I would like to
share with you a short, lively lecture by a young, Christian,
popular author and speaker named Chris Stefanik. The name of the
talk is Absolute Relativism: The new dictatorship and what to do
about it. This talk defines relativism, shows why it is both
logically incoherent and culturally deleterious despite its
widespread acceptance, and urges young people to boldly affirm
truth, beauty, and goodness in defiance of mainstream American
This talk, by my judgment, is appropriate for most or all of the
students of Worldviews although there are a few mentions of more
advanced and controversial subjects such as sex and sexuality
(mostly between the 20-25 minute period), gender/homosexual
issues, and abortion, which parents should obviously approach with
discretion. These issues are mentioned as examples of the specious
conclusions and ramifications of ethical subjectivism.
My recommendation is that parents, especially those of younger
students, preview the talk and determine what portions, if any,
should be skipped by their students. We will talk about the
lecture on Friday, so the students should have already watched or
listened to the lecture (or the appropriate portions of it) by
You may find the lecture at the following link: