Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Ethics: Are They Worth It?



Ethics are often summed up in what is considered the “golden rule”—do unto others as you would have them do unto you. While this makes sense as a general rule of thumb, it does not truly offer much in terms of helping one to make moral decisions in daily life.

Society often places certain standards of conduct upon the people which are governed together. Groups of people who agree about what constitutes major unethical acts, such as stealing or murder, work to have their viewpoint written into laws that govern the entire body of people. However, not all ethical areas are governed by law, such as lying to a parent or friend. Other areas of law, such as the debate on abortion or stem cell research, are considered ethical judgments made by governments on behalf of the people for the greater good.

Are you ethical? How much of a priority is this for you in your life? Describe a time when you faced an ethical choice, and then the path you chose.
http://www.yourdictionary.com/dictionary-articles/Define-Ethics.html

16 comments:

  1. I think Ethics is on some one backround, how they grow up and the problem they faced and a way to deal with it. My echics are are trust and not lying and respectfully. And if some one got a problem they should deal with it by themself, thats my option I don't really care. Unless they ask me for help, but other than that ethics do matter and we have to understand them.

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  2. For me your ethics are based off your actions you make when no one is looking. For example if you find a lot of money and if you just keep it or if you turn it into its rightful owner. I am a huge believer of karma, what goes around comes around. When I am faced with little decisions I always think is this going go to affect me in the future, will it come back to haunt me. Karma motivates me to do good things and have good ethics. I don't know if you'd count that as someone watching you make all these good decisions or if it is just a mental state. Either way, it helps me make the right decisions. So furthermore i would say i have good ethics. It's actually a very big priority to me to do good things,i have a really strong conscious that will haunt me if I make bad decisions. A time that I faced with an ethical choice was I was on a house boat, and everyone was on the boat and I had walked on to the land to fish. I saw a bunch of trash and just decided to pick it all up. I brought it inside and just threw it away. No one knew I did that except for me and it felt good.

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  3. Ethics mean different things to different people. To me, ethics are the decisions you make when you don't get any recognition or praise from anyone else. If you decide to do the right thing just because you know it's right, and not because people expect it from you then you have good ethics. I believe in the saying, "you get what you give". I think that if you put a lot of effort into doing the right thing then others around you will start doing the same thing. I try to be as ethical as possible. I don't want any bad karma following me around and I definately feel that what goes around comes around. I think that if you find 20$ on the ground and don't tell anyone and keep it for yourself, you might be 20$ richer, but in the long run it'll catch up to you. We've all been in the possition where we didn't have time to study for a test, and it would be so easy to just look at your neighbors paper and get an A. But personally, my ethics and morals would make it very difficult to turn in that test with all of my neighbors answers. I think it's sometimes hard to always do the right thing, but you should always try to just to better yourself. Then it will just come naturally and you wont even realize when you're doing good things.

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  4. For me ethics is like a decision you have to make by yourself when you are faced in a situation and dont know what to do. I am very ethical when it comes to a situation where I should lie or say the truth. I feel like if I was to lie then someday that lie would come out, and it would cause problems between me and the person. But, then again if you say the truth and you might hurt the person emotionally depending on the situation. This has happened to me quite a few times, but I have always chose to say the truth no matter what because its better and you get less consequences and plus it makes you feel good about yourself when you speak with the truth because you then dont feel guilty.

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  5. I think that ethics ties into psychology and having to do with what people think is right, how they were raised, and their experiences in the past. As an honest and respectful person I would rather give than take from someone else. Also, if i lost something expensive or has meaning to me i would want someone who would own up to their own problems instead of just keeping it because in the long run it's not worth it. Even if i did find a wallet, purse, or anything else i would rather return it than keep because I would feel guilty for taking it and eventually "What goes around comes goes around" will happen and you'll end up like the person before you. I've always tried to be ethical and try to have no regrets. I say tried because no ones perfect ethically and we've all done something that we're not proud of. In the end ethics does reflect on the persons personality and their respect towards others.

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  6. Ethics, or "decisions based on right and wrong." I am ethical, but depends on what you're asking. Would i roll a stop sign at 2 in the morning? better believe i would, but i wouldn't lie to a friend, i wouldn't talk behind a friends back, and i wouldn't steal from a friend. Ethics all depends on where you are in life. If i was broke as a joke and didn't have a pot to pee in, i would think about stealing from a friend a little bit more. Anybody who says they wouldn't steal from a friend in a situation like that, obviously hasn't been in that situation or is somewhat naive as to how hard life can be.

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  7. Hey Clay, Sounds good and I can relate. You know what I would love though? Please try to use more academic English, i.e.: no " i ", and watch expressions like "aint got a pot to pee in" I'd appreciate it. Oh yeah, and Your grade will be higher --for sure. Have a good one.

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  8. To me, Ethics are the basis on which we determine what is right or wrong in our own mind. I believe that I am a very ethical person. When I see someone drop something that belongs to them, my first thought is to tell them, as opposed to trying to grab it and take it before they might realize. If I did take it, I would feel guilty for taking something that doesn’t belong to me. I believe that ethics are very important in life, especially when determining the friends or people you interact with. It also shows other people around you what kind of person you are and can make a great or terrible first impression.

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  9. I'm convinced that ethics is entirely a subjective principle, shaped by a number of different things. I believe the code of ethics an individual subscribes to is determined by their many life experiences, and factors such as innate qualities, personality, and the values they were raised to respect. On a related note, I believe the guidance of parents/parental figures, and childhood in general, acts as a vital foundation for the development of ethics. Personally, I strive to perform good deeds and treat people with respect, regardless of the "reward," simply because I feel guilty otherwise. And this, quite possibly, is the nature of the ethical mind, a subconscious compulsion to act kindly towards those around you, and perhaps receive the same in kind.

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  10. Ethics to me is just learning rules of life, one mistake after another, until you have mastered it. Everyone has to make certain decisions but at the end of the day its all up to you, there is no wrong or right answer in life, its all your personal opinion, which everyone has a say in. Every one has there faults its just who's perspective you really look into to figure out which is the better door to choose on

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  11. Ethics are the decisions people make when no one is watching over them. I believe a persons ethics tie into how they were raised. I don't ask myself if I am being ethical, I ask if its right or wrong. I think it's unethical to lie, cheat, break rules, etc. I think I am an ethical person but there are times in life when I could have made a better choice, which doesn't make it unethical or wrong just a poor decision at the time.

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  12. I think ethics are different for everybody. Culture and morals greatly affect what kind of ethics you have. An example of this is when the Christians went on crusades to get back the holy land. They murdered many people and destroyed a lot of land,but to them it was ethical. It was ethical for the Christians because they were going this for god. Others may look at this with different beliefs and ideals and says it is unethical but ethics are different for everyone. Many different factors make up of morals and ethics like where you were born and how you were raised.I believe we should all have our own ethics we belive in and it should be accepted.

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  13. I believe ethics are the things people do when there is no one else around to judge you. Depending on the situation, it can be difficult to know the difference between right and wrong. For example, when you know the truth hurts, but you still want to help your friend, it is hard to know whether they will be accepting or not of your decision. I've lost a good friend over choosing whether to seek help when she was severely depressed. However, I am still happy with my decision even though she may never realize that that decision might have saved her life. Always go with your gut feeling and what you believe is right. It will always come back to you in the end.

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  14. Ethics are the decisions you make when there is no one to judge you. I think ethics are important because I believe that people should act the same whether or not there is someone there or not. I think people should do things because it's what they want to do and not because someone is there that will approve or disapprove of what they are doing. For example if you are going to pick up $20 off the ground and keep it or try and find the right full owner then it shouldn't matter if I was or wasn't there. I also think that it depends on how bad the thing you are doing is. For example I think that it might be okay to take $10 that was left behind without an owner but if it was $200 I think that the money should try to be returned.

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  15. Ethics is what a person does when no one is around. I feel ethics ties in with your conscious if you do something right it feels good but when you do it wrong, it might bug you. It all depends on how you were raised and what you believe in.

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  16. After reading all of he statements and opinions regarding this matter, I believe I have formulated a general hypothesis from the comprehension of all of the ideas about ethics. I believe that the most common idea pertaining to the meaning of ethics can be summarized as the actions of an individual that are performed when the watchful eye of society and society’s ideals are removed. When one is making a decision on an individual level that would pertain to their own set of morals. This generalization has been a congregation of the thoughts of Veronica, Remy, Kemberly, Nate, and Rachel. However, I strongly believe that Ben touched the real the of the topic, and delved deeper into what ethics and morals are. In essence, I strongly concur with Ben’s opinion in terms that ethics are subjective to multiple factors and cannot be a generalization of people due to the very nature of human diversity. Ethics and morals are developed overtime and are influenced by the factors of life such as parental guidance, religious influence, and personal experiences. I, on a personal level, believe in the usage of honor, ethics, and morals to guide my lifestyle. I believe very strongly in being just and honorable, to lead by example, and to die without regret or shame.

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