then wouldn't stealing a paperclip from the office be just as universally reprehensible as rape?
How can you tell me that your morals are the right ones? So if another country votes and says stealing paperclips deserves a life sentence, and rape is ignored that's fine because they have different beliefs?
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it is subjective but there's a globalized world order, we are connected and can influence. also if people are suffering, generally people will consider that to be a problem. it doesn't mean there's some ingrained supernatural morality code. it simply means that as human beings we are empathetic and we can imagine what injustices put on ourselves would be horrible for others as well, when it comes to violations of personhood, murder, etc. and movements spread in a globalized world where we are connected. injustices happening to people are made known and governments with the ability to put pressure on other places do, for the benefit of the people.
empathy on issues like rape, murder, battery, etc. is a bit different from stealing paperclips. the magnitude and intensity of suffering are different and will affect people different all over. stealing property is not the same as physical violation against ones own will. property can be replaced. the physical and psychological damage done to someone cannot be reversed and threatens their health and well being. following that logic, it makes sense to spend more time protecting and punishing one over the other. this isn't even necessarily moral, its a logical process to deciding what should be the focus of the government. if the government outlines its purpose as the public good, then this is the correct course of action. in the government makes no intention of protecting the people and doesn't give a sh*t about people, then it has no reason to consider rape a serious issue.
the point that it is subjective is this - some people don't give a sh*t about rape and they would absolutely say that the government should play no role in protecting people from rape or punishing rapists - they may argue that this is a social issue that can be solved without government intervention. which is bullsh*t, but its a world view that people have. we aren't programmed to agree.
to your specific questions. did you make a typo? if morality is subjective then NO, stealing a paper clip wouldn't be as universally reprehensible as rape. and its not. lol did you mean "objective" instead?
a country deciding that something is fine doesn't at all make it okay for the rest of the world. if that were the case then nazi germany would have been okay. well, actually...nvm I won't go there. however, you will find, if you study politics and such, that even countries that claim to be morally upright will support oppressors in other countries or ignore horrible atrocities in those places (and even in their own countries) for political strategy and profit. its the way of the world.0