The Relativity of Ethical Statements

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The Relativity of Ethical Statements

The past one hundred years bombarded society with quite a few ethical

dilemmas. A widely accepted view about an ethical statement is to be

defined as a statement that concerns "[the] rules or standards

governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession"

(American Heritage). While our society progressed and aimed for new

and greater things so did our curiosity about nature and in that time

many leaders experimented for the benefit of science and progress,

regardless of ethics. The end of the twentieth century brought about a

different perspective on life; one in which society began questioning

ethics and the correctness of every action taken. Although this new

trend of ethics has been creating guidelines and moral grounds, many

argue that "all ethical statements are relative".

Sociologically it is common to say that people see the world

differently depending on the language they speak, the country they

live in, their family and their friends, and of course their personal

experiences. This provides evidence for the claim that culture has an

impact on how all human beings view the world and therefore the laws

they abide by. For example, North Korean culture puts emphasis on

conformity. Although, because of the globalization in that country,

people's perspectives are changing, the majority of citizens devote

themselves to their country and their work. This brings a paralleled

sense of ethics. The leaders of that government put an emphasis on the

whole country rather than on the individuals and may therefore have a

different perspective of ethics. In the United States people are

individualistic. In a Sociological aspect this can be traced to our

family and our work ethics. At 18 years old, many children leave their

homes. The goal of many American parents is to prepare their kids to

leave the house at 18 years of age. This detachment continues in their

adult lives, as every move they make is seen as a personal advancement

towards materialistic goals. Although this comparison doesn't involve

moral and ethical problems, it illustrates the differences in two

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