The following was an unsolicited morning thought, and is still quite rough and redundant:
When relativism is experienced as a real interactive state, it expands value. It expands outward, increasing the range and the complexity of our comprehension, so that more things have greater value to us; more things have multiple value, and malleable value.
Relativism does not reduce value at all. That which holds intensity in one context, still carries value in that context, and possibly has added/other values when considered in other ways.
I believe we are overwhelmed by relativism's expanded universe of comprehension, and we deal with this by constricting its complexities and possibilities. We develop theories of containment, which restore our illusion of understanding. We reduce perceptions to a manageable range of possibility. Within this compressed and shallow context, value becomes perverted and chaotic; it becomes unrelated and valueless.
Anything goes. We introduce the crap factor of relativism...I'm specifically thinking of art here.Relativism does not diminish value, but a cowardly relationship to relativism does.
It takes patience and courage and effort to fully engage the world from a relativistic perspective.