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Ethics and morals

Background

Man is an animal and has in all times looked to its equals. A house grows into a little village, a village grows into a town and a town grows in to a city. To gather people in larger surroundings can lead to problems in the long run. On that note man needs laws and rules to live by. Our ethics and pour morality often speak on what deeds are right and what we should adapt to or what to stay away from.

Good or bad

Generally, you can say that ethics and morals is about what is right or wrong, good or bad. But it is very important to keep what is right through law and what is right ethically apart.  It doesn´t have to be ethically right just because it is not illegal. If you take infidelity as an example, there is nothing written in law about this, but it is wrong if you look at it from an ethical or moral perspective. In most cultures this is an essential moral stand.

Synonyms in the wrong

The words ethics and morals are often used like synonyms to words that don´t have the same meaning at all. Moral is connected to direct actions that people do in matters concerning issues on right or wrong. In the example on infidelity it is immoral to cheat on your partner. Ethics on the other hand is more connected to our arguments on our morals than how we reason and think on the word infidelity. In life it means man has morals, but ethics mean that you reflect on your own moral.

Moral or immoral

To possess good morals means that man is kind and caring and makes good deeds. It can be about standing up on the bus to make room for elder people or leaving a found wallet to the police. When you talk about people with bad morals it can be about infidelity, cheating on a test, lying about walking the dog when you really were watching Netflix. When you speak about ethics, the way of reflecting on your own morals, you can divide this into three parts

Duty

A law or norm decides whether you are doing right. If a boss tells you to do something and you ignore it, you are not breaking any laws, but you are not doing your duty. If a judge in a sport event tells you to step of the field, you should do so to follow the rules.

Consequences

Consequence is when an action gives you the most happiness is the most justified. You can think “Who will be happy for this?” The problem is that you rarely know the outcome in the long run. People that are happy for the moment may be unhappy later on. Sometimes you may need to hurt a person to make many people happy.

Mood

The motive behind an action is important. If you think you are doing right, perhaps you are even though other people can look at it as immoral. You can ask yourself whether it is okay to do anything as long as the motive is right. Is it okay to cheat if you love two people equally?