The Importance Of Ethics In The Movie 'Flight'

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Ethics versus morals, ethics are rules that are provided by an external source, for example the law. Morals refer to a specific individual’s inner rules and principles regarding what’s right and what’s wrong. They are in fact more suitable, appropriate, and useful than ethics. I believe that there was a great representation of this in movie “Flight”, starring Denzel Washington. The movie shows the importance of morals, while at the same time weakening the stance on ethical thinking. I chose morals over ethics because ethics aren’t always right, ethics are too vague, and a person should always put themselves first. Before elaborating, there is a need of getting a better understanding of morals; “morals” is the Latin word "mos" meaning "custom"…show more content…
During the scene he was asked a series of questions to see if he had been drunk while he piloted a plane. He was in fact told to lie by his lawyer to keep him out of jail and help the lawyer’s union. This wouldn’t be the right thing to do because it would be a lie. Yet ethically, this would be the right thing to do because he was told to do so by his lawyer. Instead Denzel Washington did not lie, even though it put him in jail and got his piloting license taken away, because he made his decision through instinct and morals. In the movie he even said “I wouldn’t say conscious, more like instinct”, showing that he is an instinctual man based off of morals. This is a specific situation, in which morals kick in, because ethics are too direct and don’t fit in any situation like morals do. Morals bend and are flexible for those “what if” and “unless” moments in life as to where ethics are more based on life being black and white. Many people though do not use their moral compasses as much as they should because they are told to do otherwise by authority figures, for example the lawyer in “Flight”, in other words, comply. Hitler’s soldiers were ones in this boat, had they been using morality instead of being ethical, many more people would’ve survived the world…show more content…
Therefore the least a person can do is put them first over what others thing and say, then just make their own decision like Whip did at the end of the movie “Flight”. Even though everyone; including the audience watching, thought it would be better for him to just: lie, go home, finish drinking, and continue to flying planes. He didn’t because he had enough. At the same time he could’ve lied and ‘ethically’ he would’ve done the right thing, but looking at the big picture he wouldn’t be doing himself any favors. Therefore, his moral compass kicked in and he was metaphorically set
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