How Am I Doing?

Topics: Ethics, High school, Adolescence Pages: 4 (1542 words) Published: July 19, 2013
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Jennifer Bartlett

After doing some thorough research, I have come to the conclusion that it is almost impossible to accurately define ethics. In my pursuit for an answer, I turned to The New Merriam-Webster Dictionary which defines ethics as, “a discipline dealing with good and evil and with moral duty.” I am unsatisfied with this definition as it clearly leaves room for personal interpretation and opinion. For instance, an individual may consider it a moral duty to never tell a lie under any circumstances. Surely, this doesn’t mean that they would offend a dinner hostess by telling her that she had just served the worst meatloaf that they had ever tasted. Would they tell their best friend that her new baby was the ugliest infant that they had ever seen? Sometimes, it appears that it is more ethical to lie than to speak the truth. My own idea of morality is simply that a person will make the best possible decision that they can when presented with any given situation. I believe that acting in an ethical manner sometimes involves making personal sacrifices and behaving selflessly, while deciding upon solutions that will provide benefit to the most and cause harm to the least amount of other living creatures. Morality also includes learning from our mistakes and trying to never repeat them. While the opinions of those around us are essential to feed our egos and certainly continuously influence our actions, ultimately every individual is responsible and self accountable for their own actions. I believe that in order for a person to be truly ethical they must not only possess, but also adhere to, the guiding of a reverent voice inside of their spirit that defines...
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