Our ethics are influenced by a variety of elements and factors in our society. Our ethics define how we interact with people, how we act, and how we distinguish the right and wrong in our decisions and actions. We develop our ethics through a range of sources from which we learn or draw principles and rules that help us define the right from the wrong. For example, I developed my ethics from religious beliefs, childhood upbringing, and later life experiences. I lived in a very religious community in the Philippines where I learned Roman Catholic values such as honesty, respect, and selflessness. Growing up with people who have strong religious beliefs also influenced my ethics which helped me become the person I am today.
Of course one of the first sources of my ethics come from my parents. Their wisdom and life advice helped shape how I make my decisions and actions in my life. Their influence helped me develop a strong foundation of knowledge that helps me identify what is right and what is wrong. To me, life experiences go along with childhood upbringing because we learn from our experiences and it helps shapes our ethics. We are all familiar with the saying “learn from your mistakes’ which I bet some of us embedded in our ethical mindsets. Some of the experiences that changed my ethics are when I moved to the United States from the Philippines. Moving to a different place is a strong external factor to our ethics development because it dramatically changes how we act and behave in a different environment.
Overall, the reading was very descriptive and informative on how we can develop our ethics and what primary sources help influence our ethical position.