Personal Values and Ethical Standards
In order to start this paper, I had to make sure I knew the differences between values, moral and ethics. It’s believed that values are what we learn from childhood from parents and surrounding influences of adults involved in the child’s life. Morals are the beliefs developed from that value system and how one should behave in any given situation. Ethics on the other hand is how someone actually behaves in the situation that may test ones morals and values, wow are you confused yet?
Values are established by childhood upbringing and help mold them into citizens contributing to society. Those environments include home, school, church, neighbors, cultural backgrounds and social get together’s or parties. Most of these beliefs and patterns of behavior are established through the unconscious observations and experiences of childhood in those environments.
Her parents were not perfect by most standards but they demonstrated honesty, integrity, hard work standards, willingness to address conflict, even in difficult situations. Her dad was a glassier, then when injury fell on him he became a truck driver, and then again injury struck but this time he became unable to work and be the breadwinner. Her mother was a stay at home mom until all three children were able to attend school. At which point she went back to college to become a nurse’s assistant and to help supplement income by working at a department store. Showing her diversity and rough manageable times at a young age, building a resilient child and adolescent. Those parents were an impressive team for an adolescent with growing pains, throughout the diverse situations that arose and the housing situations that resulted in the end.
They developed their home relationships into strong encouragement for her and pushing her to challenge and explore her world. Those two parents taught her that honesty was the best policy, even when the details may not be virtuous. They taught her the meaning of trust, which included not being afraid even when she felt unguarded. Of course being young meant that it wasn’t always applied and she had a padded allowance of error.
Our values, morals, and ethics combined with basic practicality in society links from our inner and exterior experiences. Her has experienced an inner connection to metaphysical experiences sporadically since around age thirteen, and identified with the blessing that brings as a contributing environment. Although it is the exterior environments that mainly guide her, the inner environment also contributes. This made it difficult to express her ideas in some circles of peers. The normal majority does not believe in metaphysical experiences and that led to some trust issues as an adolescent.
Accompanying that, with a lack of financial income provided by her parents created a taunting by her peers. This appeared as some misplaced anger towards others and eating disorders. Needing the connection to peers became a interesting challenge. One that she met with help from Spiritual guidance counseling, who would of thought to see a minister when you are in a low income bracket and hearing voices from spirits but it brought a understanding and completion.
The understanding came with realization that no one person is perfect and we all have issues in our values, moral and ethics. Honesty and integrity came out in those willing to stand beside her while she explored ways to connect without being a bystander in life or lying to friends and loved ones. This process of restoring integrity can have emotionally hurtful affects if a person allows the projections of others to rule their lives. Generally, people will try to project their issues or problems on others they seem to think are weak until someone or something challenges that person to change or stop. The old look in the mirror and allow yourself to see the real you comes to mind from a sociology course now that the experience...
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