Why is there such hostility, especially in the 21st century, toward the ideological framework of universality? It is quite evident that opposing philosophies such as relativism and humanism have taken a dominant position in Western culture. A belief in absolute truth is often mistaken for bigotry, and voicing those beliefs is often mistaken for intolerance. It is my assertion that purpose has been ruined by preference.
I am not surprised in the least that people worship and feed their own preferences. After all, how easy is it to persuade ourselves that wholeness of the heart comes through fulfilling our preferences? Sadly, the danger of this action is often not acknowledged. Jeremiah 17:9 says "The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it?"
The worship of self will inevitably cease to last though. This must occur because all humans are obligated to die. The renowned existential atheist Jean-Paul Sartre is quoted with saying: "Life has no meaning the moment you lose the illusion of being eternal."
Though I do not agree that being eternal is an illusion, I agree that anything apart from the eternal is mere vanity. It seems to me that there is a greater force than the existing human being, and I think that death makes this clear. Ideological frameworks such as relativism and humanism are not equal with open mindedness, but rather, mental myopia.