"But that doesn't make what they stood for wrong. Their position was right in their own time the same as it was right a century earlier and a 1000 years earlier than that."
The societies would hardly agree. The social structures already existed when they arrived. They were simply the catalyst that shifted the political to match the social, and they bent the norms of a few people quite out of shape, but the society already embraced the message.
YOU may think they were right, but everyone you listed shaped your world. In essence you were trained to think they were right.
Do you think the samurai were wrong to kill their injured enemies? Was their ethic of killing their enemies as quickly as possible wrong? Is their practice of assisted suicide wrong?
I don't believe your absolute moral system is ready to handle these situations. You have no culture to fall back on here.
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