How do we develop our ethics? What are the primary sources for us to develop our ethical position?
How we develop our ethics and the primary sources for us to develop our ethical position can go hand in hand. I believe our moral rules can be strongly influenced by the environment we grew up in as a young child.
We develop ethics by watching what is going on around us, absorbing situations, and by experiencing situations first hand. Our conduct is determined by what we deem is right and wrong, fair or unfair, and just or unjust.
When we are young our ethics can come from our parents or the adults we look up to most who are there to protect us and help us learn right from wrong. These moral rules can develop from our sources in our environment. Religions practices, cause and effect (consequences), and many more. As we grow and learn to think for ourselves our ethics can change or become more refined as we ask ourselves, How should I live my life?