Though similar, there are distinctions between morality and ethics. Which school of thought do you live by? Are you moral or ethical?
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But morality can do the same thing. Universally accepted that in war we kill each other. "They" can justify killing you based on morals.
I agree with Tamara, Eric. Morality would not allow for cruelties, but ethics can.
Is it moral for a young Marine to kill a father of 4 in a gun battle to re-take land in war? Perhaps you would say yes if it was a moral and justified war. Perhaps you would say no if you thought the war was immoral. Where are the ethics?
Is it not better for a few to die than thousands, or for millions to lose their homes and become displaced? Sometimes morality means looking at the larger picture---beyond one's "ethics."
There is a fine line, Jodah. It is said that morals define personal character, and is unchanging, while ethics depend upon what a group or society chooses, so it is "other-dependent." You always keep the conversation at a higher level. Thank you.
Val,.the golden rule is "of doing" rather than "not doing." Personally, when I choose morality, fear of punishment does not enter my head. Morality is "higher" and not subject to fear at all. Humans have the capacity to choose above the animalistic.
Savvy - There was no need to correct the Golden Rule, it works the same my way. From this need to correct it I see where this is going, so, if you don't mind I am retiring to my world of peace, calm, and a cultivated harmony. I am done here.
How sweet to comment and then retire. I wish I did not care. Not caring would be so blissful until the Nazis come. But some from their place choose to agitate and then retreat. How nice that would be.
Then do you not agree that a person strictly following ethical principles may not have any morals at all, since ethics are dependent on the definitions of others?
Try to specify something moral. In order to do so you must use language. Language is a social concept. Morals are also partially determined by social interactions with others. As are ethics. There is no black and white in this area.
Thank you, Bersarian. My understanding is that morality pertains to one's character, and as such, is consistent. I do agree that many who believe they are moral are actually quite immoral.
How can you know whether Jesus was ethical or moral? You were not there to witness his life. You, I, anyone, can only be sound judge of our own personal life. No one knows my life, my desires or intentions like I do.
Plants and meat aside, if one is indoctrinated by a jihadist doctrine, then one has accepted a cultural norm, within a distinct set, that is harmful. However, morality transcends cultural norms. In ethics, there is a gray area that is not absolute.
A very thoughtful answer. Thank you. I agree with your final (last) statement.
Not sure where you're going with the urination analogy. I will say that we need not re-define our current definitions of morality and ethics. It appears that some are confused about what the actual definitions are.
I was just trying to show that "morals" might be seen as variable, depending upon where we are in the world, and what local culture dictates.
Have you a clear distinction between morals and ethics?
I see. Ethics are variable as they are dictated from the "outside". Morality is a constant, as it ascribes to a person's character. But yes, ethics and morals do share similarities.
Well said. I really want someone to set forth a plan or concept as to which is morality and which is ethics. It is so blurry it is not even a line.
Junk seller....You read the question and you answered it according to your conscience and beliefs. While I disagree with your view of what morality is, I appreciate your answer. Thank you.