During the course of this class there have been several discussions regarding ethics and values. As defined by The Free Dictionary (website) “values the moral principles and beliefs of a person or group. “Ethics is (a) a set of principles of right of conduct and (b) a theory or a system of moral values”. Personally, I believe everyone deals with values and/or ethics everyday of their lives. Everyone has an internal ‘moral compass’, their values, this compass drives their actions. Ethics is what morals remain after making a judgment. Everything I do every day I know will probably affect someone. I treat others with respect. I was taught in church to “do onto others as you would like them do to you”. In the forefront of everything I do, respect is the number one thing that I hold most important. In everything I do, I also give my 100% thruthfully. Actions carry consequences therefore I am always conscious of my decisions as someone is being impacted by those decisions.
After completing the Ethics Awareness Inventory self-assessment by the
Williams Institute, I found that some of the characteristics described in my profile reflect my views. Describing my ethical perspective as a result of the self-assessment “ethical principles must be: (a) appropriate under any circumstances (universalizable), (b) respectful of human dignity; and (c) committed to promoting individual freedom and autonomy.” Ethics should be universal, meaning that we should ethical in all of our actions. Far more importantly, respectful to everyone we encounter.
My profile further states that “in judging whether a person’s actions are ethical, I look to the intent behind his/her actions, rather than focusing on results”. The person’s moral compass comes into play when looking at the intent behind someone’s actions. I can certainly see that there could be a lot of controversy in this comment. I believe this is a gray area. Is it justifiable and therefore ethical for someone to lie...