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Cultural Relativism in Asimov's "The End of Eternity" and its Extraterrestrial Interactions

Isaac Asimov, in his science fiction novel "The End of Eternity," delves into the concept of cultural relativism by depicting interactions between humans and extraterrestrial beings. Through various examples in his works, Asimov explores how cultural differences shape perceptions, values, and behaviors, shedding light on the complex nature of interstellar encounters. In "The End of Eternity," Asimov introduces the Eternals, a group of humans who manipulate time to alter history for the betterment of humanity. As they travel through time and encounter different civilizations, they come across various extraterrestrial races with vastly different cultural backgrounds. One notable example is the case of the Jevlenese, a humanoid alien species known for their highly formalized and structured society. The Eternals learn that Jevlenese society revolves around strict social hierarchies and adherence to rules, which greatly influences their decision-making processes. As the