What does ethics mean to you?

What does ethics mean to you?

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student

United States

#1 Nov 12, 2007
I am taking a poll to see what ethics means to you. This is for a homework assignment. Let me know what ethics means to you.

“In Ur Thread, Eatin Ur Serious”

Since: Apr 07

CarutherSteele MO

#2 Nov 12, 2007
My own personal definition of ethics takes a long while to explain and I don't think people here have the attention span to handle it.
Southernized

United States

#3 Nov 12, 2007
I took a class at ANC dealing with business ethics. I believe that ethics are closely comparible to morals. I think that ethics are basically knowing right from wrong and not doing the wrong things. To steal, kill, etc... is wrong, and unethical.... It is all based on the decisions that people make... right vs. wrong...
puddintane

Dexter, MO

#4 Nov 12, 2007
student wrote:
I am taking a poll to see what ethics means to you. This is for a homework assignment. Let me know what ethics means to you.
Ethics is knowing the difference between right and wrong. Ethics is a thought process in figuring out wether something should or shouldn't be done. Example; i know it's wrong to shoplift , that is haveing good ethics. Knowing it is wrong and still doing it, is still unethical. Haveing good ethics can also mean being a person with good morals. It is ethical to obey the law wether the law is based on morals or not. Example : Haveing car insurence is ethical and legal but not emmoral. Going to work /school on time everyday and doing what is ask of you is good work ethic /study ethic . Knowing when you are ask to do something that is wrong or illegal and not doing it is also ethical. Haveing good ethics can mean all the difference in the world of being a happy person and a confident person. Haveing good ethics is actually giveing your kid brother /sister an even half of the candy bar you are supposed to be sharing. I hope i have helped. Not all people share the same ethical views as i do. Hey Bob's your uncle!!
puddintane

Dexter, MO

#5 Nov 12, 2007
One other thing student ;doing your homework is good ethics ,turning it in on time is good ethics, excepting a fair grade given is good ethics. But not doing any of it is not immoral or illegal . It's just the right thing to do for you and any one else concerned. Good luck!!

“In Ur Thread, Eatin Ur Serious”

Since: Apr 07

CarutherSteele MO

#6 Nov 12, 2007
Morals and ethics.. By Classy Miss Fancy.:)

Morals are personal. They are largely instilled in childhood but can change throughout life as we learn and are exposed to reality. Most of us have no clue as to the full extent of our morals. There are those who will say they would NEVER do this or that, then later find themselves doing those very things. They believe they went against their own morals. I don't believe we frequently go against our own morals unless we have no choice but to do so in order to save our own lives. I believe we go against our ETHICS.

When I say OUR ethics I do not mean our personal ethics. Our personal ethics are nothing but our collective personal morals. The ethics I refer to are social. Social Ethics are society’s collective code of morality. They are the unwritten rules of societies which say *regardless of what YOU think is good, evil, right, or wrong, THIS is what you will be judged by*. All societies have them. They govern how we as a society decide who is and is not acceptable company. Some of these rules have been written into law, most have not but are expectations none the less. For instance, It is OK for a 30 year old man to sleep with 23 year old women. It is not OK for a supervisor to sleep with his employee, even if she is 23 and he is 30. It isn't illegal but it is unethical. He would be, to some extent, shunned by his more ethical peers who would see him as a person in a position of power taking advantage of a less powerful employee, and she would be shunned by her co-workers who see her as “Screwing her way to the top”.

Going against our own personal morals creates guilt. The guilt hangs around until we are able to forgive ourselves and are forgiven by those we may have hurt or wronged while violating our own morals.

Going against our (societies) ethics creates shame. The shame also will hang around until we are forgiven by society and ourselves, or until we decide that we will do as we please, regardless of societies ethics, and feel no shame for any of it. The difference is, shame for going against our ethics doesn't kick in until society is AWARE of what we did. So long as our actions aren’t against our morals, and no one else knows about it, there is no shame.

The best example I can give of the difference between morals and ethics occurred several years ago in the midst of the *Catholic Priest Pedophile* scandals.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/bal-te...

The reason for suicide there is, of course, shame.

Shame due to what he did?

No.

He knew what he did. he had known it for 30 years and lived every day with the knowledge, and didn’t kill himself. He stood before congregations, held *holy* sacraments, talked down about homosexuals and women who use birth control, took confessions and assigned *hail Mary*s to people who had done far less than he.. and he didn't commit suicide. His morals allowed him to do what he did over and over again. Child molestation was not above his morals so he had no problem living with his self and continuing the behaviors. It was, however, above the ethics of the society in which he lived. He KNEW all that time that he was a hypocrite. He was able to live with the knowledge. He also believed that his God knew exactly who and what he was, and he was able to live with that as well. His morals allowed for it. It was only when SOCIETY became aware of the fact that his morals did not meet up to OUR ethical standards that shame set in... and he killed himself.

That's the best way I know to explain Morals and Ethics as I see them.
student

United States

#7 Nov 12, 2007
THANK YOU! I'm almost finished with my assignment! The responses were great!
Guest101

Barnesville, OH

#9 Nov 12, 2007
lol @ Student, one way to get homework done:)
bssouth2007

United States

#10 Nov 12, 2007
I thought using the law and ethics in the same sentence was an "oxymoron". They are not only far from co-extensive but also very far from co-existant.

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#12 Nov 12, 2007
Ben_Dover wrote:
The word "ethics" is derived from the Greek word ethos (character), and from the Latin word mores (customs). Together, they combine to define how individuals choose to interact with one another. In philosophy, ethics defines what is good for the individual and for society and establishes the nature of duties that people owe themselves and one another.
Though law often embodies ethical principals, law and ethics are far from co-extensive. Many acts that would be widely condemned as unethical are not prohibited by law -- lying or betraying the confidence of a friend, for example. And the contrary is true as well. In much that the law does it is not simply codifying ethical norms.
I've never seen this side of you! I like it!! LOL! Very good!
bssouth2007

United States

#13 Nov 12, 2007
No offense intended Ben

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#17 Nov 13, 2007
you're welcome! I would come and join you on the Hayti forum, but they will eat my ass alive over there! LOL I've posted there before and I still have scars!:)
bssouth2007

United States

#18 Nov 13, 2007
botheredalot wrote:
you're welcome! I would come and join you on the Hayti forum, but they will eat my ass alive over there! LOL I've posted there before and I still have scars!:)
You'll be alright "bothered". On the Hayti thread just avoid Chuckie and on Kennett just avoid Puff the Huffer.

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#20 Nov 13, 2007
bssouth2007 wrote:
<quoted text>You'll be alright "bothered". On the Hayti thread just avoid Chuckie and on Kennett just avoid Puff the Huffer.
Oh I've met up with Puff! LOL! Or one of her personalities! haha! Chuckie hasn't really bothered me, but I have read some his conversations with others. I just don't have any comments about them.:P He does fine on his own. He doesn't need my "pennies" worth of opinion!:)

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#21 Nov 13, 2007
Ben_Dover wrote:
I mean man...It's getting stupid over there. People talking about cheaters and talking about people the way they do there jobs bitching and complaining About EVERYTHING. I will ALWAYS stand up for good people.
I know what you mean. I stood up for a very good friend of mine over there and all I got was chewed on and wrongly accused for it, but I really didn't care because I will still defend him on any site. The way he lives his life is his business. He has always treated me good and helped me when I needed him,,with no strings attached I might add.:) Also Ben, if you think the Hayti forum is bad,,,,go check out Steele's!! It is unreal!! I have commented on there too but it was when family was involved. ;)

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#22 Nov 13, 2007
And I have never in my life seen "HO" mispelled as "HOE" as I have on that site! Even when you call them out on it, they don't care. It's the same ol' "he or she's a hoe"!:)

“Salam! Kaif Al Hal?”

Since: Sep 07

Al jubail, Saudi Arabia

#25 Nov 13, 2007
YES IT IS!:)
P.S. you have a good night, Ben. I'm sure there'll be some fresh opinions for you to read tomorrow,,or later on. LOL
Southernized

United States

#26 Nov 13, 2007
bssouth2007 wrote:
I thought using the law and ethics in the same sentence was an "oxymoron". They are not only far from co-extensive but also very far from co-existant.
Shut up you genitalmutilating, anti-history, anti-science, anti-education, war criminal you! How can I go into law enforcement/corrections if you have this bad attitude about the law? Isn't that gonna be a problem? That is kinda like an oxymoron too isn't it? LMAO!
Southernized

United States

#27 Nov 13, 2007
Pardon that last post's lack of space between two words! It should read, genital mutilating. Thanks, and pardon my OCD!
Mev

Pune, India

#30 Oct 4, 2008
this will really help me with my NCSU MBA application. thanks to all of you

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