Vice-versa if they see that you do not maintain a moral standpoint then they may be less likely to trust you or aid you in the future. If they are grateful, or indebted to you for your good deeds they are more likely to help you in your own endeavors. Other people are motivated by their respect for authority and they values society 's laws. Therefore they try to uphold them. Another reason for upholding the social contract is because some people believe that in upholding the social contract they are doing the right thing because it provides the “greatest good for the greatest number”.
When asked what is the definition of ethics, many responded that being moral meant doing the right thing. But how can we justify what is a good action and what is a bad action? All humans were created equal, but our principles, and ways of thinking can be extremely different. Some may say doing the right thing means following your heart, your inner feelings and intuition. But emotions can be misleading.
Every individual has certain rules and guidelines by which they base their decisions off of. There are certain rules that determine people’s actions and these rules may differ from one individual or group to another. These rules are the principles that direct an individual’s actions and are collectively known as ethics. Ethics is important because it helps one differentiate between what is right and wrong when making decisions. Ethics also includes the moral codes or values that a person holds, which are more personal than the codes of ethics.
Ethics show you how to live a good life. In order to understand the ultimate good life one must evaluate different ethical theories to find one that fits them best. The Moral Point of View provides a structure for what a good theory should encompass. My position of the Moral Point of View is that it is essential; the theory from class that best approaches how to live a good life is the one that follows it closely. The Moral Point of View requires you to take into account the effect that your actions have on both yourself and others because we have duties and obligations to both ourselves and others.
How does one judge the quality of their life? Is is it based upon your own personal view or is it up to the scrutiny of your peers to judge if you lived well? For me, to live a good life you must positively influence those around you; this to me means that you not only do what is right for yourself but doing the same for others. I believe that you can take a simpler approach to this by saying that in order to live a good life a person must be a moral exemplar. As I delved into what it meant to be a moral exemplar I found myself asking what qualities a moral person had.
A fair system of ethics is necessary in order to ensure that the lives of all existing and living are not exploited because all deserve to live a valued life. The length of a life does not matter but rather the quality of life. It is important to develop a certain level of respect for each individual life in a society which will promote a fair system of justice. It is commonly stated that it is imperative to treat others better then they treat you. There can be lasting benefits and results from treating others the way they deserve to be treated.
As long as the results of a person’s actions lead to more pleasure than pain, you are in the clear. For me, being a good person means doing good, and make good decisions. Human beings are not to be viewed as a means to an end but as ends in themselves. Utilitarianism believes that humans are to be treated with respect, but respect must take into account the everyday situations in which a person live.
Everyone needs to obey the same set of rules to have a good moral character. So does breaking these rules make a person immoral? Virtue ethics essentially focuses on creating a morally good character. Also, these moral decisions are said to make you a happier, well-lived, person. Without virtue ethics, ones ethical behavior would be difficult to determine.
The public have said numerous of times that doing things for the sake of others and not for oneself is right. Which is ironic, because if you expect good things to happen to you as a result of you doing good for others is an incentive. However, giving to charity just for the sake of others is deemed by the public to be selfless, and ethically correct. The facts seem to point otherwise. Our action as an individual is dictated by our conscience, this conscience tells us what is right or wrong, it is our moral compass.
Ethics means a moral principle of right or wrong (Lawrence & Weber, 2016a). It can also establish a culture in specific places, depending on a particular group’s belief. However, what is more important is how it defines