THIS WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT: Answer these questions with original thought and references to the text or outside resources. How do we develop our ethics? What are the primary sources for us to develop our ethical position?
People develop their ethics by being able to empathize with others. If one is able to imagine a theoretical scenario that could take place given a certain decision, they may decide to choose one way or another depending on the outcome of the theoretical scenario and how their decision may affect others. For example, one could find themselves in a position to make a life-altering controversial decision that would affect many people, and they aren’t sure how to make the right decision. This person could begin with thinking about how the decision would affect individuals in one way versus the other and they could base their decision on what they think is best for the majority of people as a whole.
The text explains that some people derive their ethical standards from religious standpoints and from ethical relativism, but I don’t think this is entirely true. These two sources are valid in many cases, but both sources lack the encompassing basis of worldwide ethics. You can be a good person without being driven by religion and you can also be religious while not being a good person. Humanity has common ethical standards worldwide, regardless of religion or culture, more-so based on empathy for fellow man.