Ethics

Many people confuse ethics and morals. This is because they tend to relate to similar things, the concepts of right and wrong. It is not semantics to say that they are different. The main difference is that ethics is in reference to when rules governing right or wrong are put on by society, and morals are what principles come from within. When someone is debating ethics, they are talking about the rules that society deems right and wrong, therefore someones morals may not always align with ethics. Ethics can also be different depending on what society they are founded in. different cultures value different things. Then within each society, every member has their own set of core values or beliefs. This difference has been the center of philosophical debate for centuries. What is right to one person may not be right for society, and then depending on what society says may not be right for the individual. Totalitarian governments and dictatorships many times impose laws and regulations that are widely considered to be wrong, movements such as genocide have been approved by governments, but as individuals we know that to be morally wrong. On the same side, an individual may have warped morals which would lead them to do things that could be deemed unethical. Ethics also tend to be more flexible, and susceptible to change, as societies shift with each generation. The tension derived from this is a known problem throughout the ages. Each prior generation seems to think that one following it is going to destroy society. Obviously, this has not been the case, but as people get older they tend to be more set in their ways and less likely to be open to new ideas, as their morals only solidify. At this point in life, we can say that morals have been effected by ethics. Many people from older generations tend to hold biases that were socially acceptable in their day and age, but modern ethics would call wrong, such as racism and slavery. These things used to be societal norms, which means that ethically speaking they were acceptable, however, because of morals, people saw that it was wrong. Over the course of time, those peoples morals swayed the opinions of the majority of society which then changed societies ethics. As such, someone who is strictly ethical is not necessarily equipped with moral integrity, and conversely, a moral person may be breaking ethical laws. Philosophically speaking, it is hard to decided what is right or wrong, between personal morals and societal ethics. This is the reason it will always be a debated subject. If an entire society deems something right, does that not make it so? What if an individual chooses to go against the society, and then changes the ethics? Are either of these ever going to be concrete? The answer is probably not, as they are fluid by their nature. As such, one must usually follow their own moral compass, and try their best to attempt to fit this within their own societies ethics. Wanted to thank the owner of cypressroofingexpert.com for providing me with some fuel for this topic. Thank you!