What Is Ethics
Ethics are the moral principles that guides and individual’s behavior. Ethics is the primary determinant concerning how people make decisions concerning their lives and others (MacKinnon & Fiala, 2014). Ethics outlines what is best for an individual and the society as a whole. According to me, ethics is what describes our duties and responsibilities and aids us in making moral decisions. Ethics enables one to differentiate between what is right and wrong and determines how we are supposed to lead a good life. Ethics plays a major role in my life. All the major decisions which I make must meet the expected ethical standards. It has helped to learn how to treat other people irrespective of their status and condition. As such, I have learned how to interact with different people at all levels. Ethics has enabled to me less the stress that I may encounter as a result of making uninformed decisions. In this case, I avoid making immoral decisions that may get me feel uncomfortable. The fact that I make right moral decisions enables me to avoid. I always take a principled perspective on issues, and this has allowed me to lead a healthy life which is stress-free. By practicing ethical, moral standards, I help to enrich my life and those who are around me.
Ethics is also useful in the lives of others and the society as a whole. Accepted ethical behaviors have enabled other people to gain meaningful employment since employers always look at the past actions of a person. The past behaviors are then used to predict future behavior. Those who have a history of moral behavior have been able to secure employment opportunities since they can be trusted as opposed to those who have demonstrated immoral behaviors in the past. Ethics also contributes to safety in the society. In a society where people have good morals cases of insecurity are rare. Ethics helps in shaping the behavior of people in the society. As such, they can determine what is good and wrong. In this case, people will make decisions on moral principles. Ethics also helps in judging the behavior of others thus enable the members of the society to determine those who may have immoral behaviors and contribute to insecurity in the community.
Ethics is considered as subjective as opposed objective. In ethics we live according to what we deem is true as per our observations or is in existence. The word objective refers to what is considered to be true and is independent of our observations. Ethics is subjective since we have to live according to what we have observed as true and is dependent on our observations. In ethics, we follow our gut instincts to make decisions. In the case of wrong decisions, we would easily realize because bad decisions do not conform to the moral standards. For instance, we know that premarital sex can lead to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, practicing premarital sex is immoral. As such we should live according to the moral standards and stay away from premarital sex to avoid unwanted pregnancy and STIs. Ethics is subjective, and we are expected to live by the moral principles that guide the behavior of individuals in the society. The moral standards will define how we relate to others in the society and make decisions.
- MacKinnon, Barbara, and Andrew Fiala. Ethics: Theory and contemporary issues. Nelson Education, 2014.
- Robbins, Susan P., Pranab Chatterjee, and Edward R. Canda. Contemporary human behavior theory: A critical perspective for social work. Pearson Higher Ed, 2011.