Ethics can be defined as a set of moral principles, moral values. Ethics determine what’s right and wrong, good and evil, to do and not to do. Gentler stated that studying ethics is interesting and I couldn’t agree more. Although everyone speaks of “ethics” and “ethical decision making” I don’t think the word can be equally defined for each individual. Everyone has their own rights and wrongs. What I believe is unethical may be very ethical for someone else.
In the readings, Gensler described two types of ethics, Meta ethics and Normative ethics. Meta ethics questions what is actually “good” and “bad.” This ethic questions who falls under which category. This classification of ethics makes us dig deeper into the definition of “good.” We need to understand the definition to better comprehend this word and apply it to our values. Normative ethics, on the other hand, is about what principles we should live by. This theory is meant to help us understand what we are supposed to do, which actions are right and wrong.
After reading the article on “Morality and Religion,” it was clear to me that ethics and morality are not the same. Your morals are a personal choice, you choose what your morals are. I do believe that your morals are heavily influenced by your parents, they raise you to believe that you should be a certain way. However, you religion plays a big role in setting your these values
as well. I believe that morals and religion are very tied together. Many people base their morals on their religion, if they do what their religion considers as righteous then they will be rewarded
somehow by God. Many people who are religious have morals that they live by to satisfy their god(s).
I do believe in God, but I am not a very religious person. I have many morals that I live by, but my morals don’t have much to do with my religion. I personally make many decisions that my religion is against, however that doesn’t mean I’m wrong. I grew up believing certain things were forbidden and I lived by these morals for a long time. When I became an adult, my morals changed because I saw the world from a different perspective. When it comes down to ethics, I believe that my “rights and wrong” are completely different from society. Society may consider many things as “lawful” and “good,” but I disagree with a majority of these values. For example, I don’t think that marijuana is “good” yet society claims it is and considers it lawful. I don’t think that whoever uses it is “bad or evil,” but my morals say that I can never do that and it is unethical.
Ethics and morals play an important role in our daily routine, workplace, school, and everywhere we go. We make decisions based on our morals and ethics without even realizing it.
It has become natural to us, we don’t even think about it before we do it. The ethical decisions we make are influenced by society. Our morals are based on what our parents taught us, what our religion teaches us, or what we choose to believe. These two philosophies have been implanted into our brains so the decisions we make come self-consciously. In many situations we make decisions that go against our morals, but are ethical. In a workplace you might need to do a
certain task that you don’t believe is right, it goes against your morals, but it is ethical and needs to be done.
After reading Gensler’s text and the article on morality, along with my fellow classmates’ posts regarding these two readings, I came to understand one thing. Ethics and morals are based on a gut feeling. I believe that when you come across a situation, you get a feeling inside to whether or not you should do it. This feeling can vary from one person to another. The ethical decisions you make and the morals you live by are based on your emotions. At the moment you may know that what you’re about to do goes against what society, your family, or religion says, but you do it anyway because your emotions make you believe that you’ll benefit from it in some way.