October 11, 2010
Personal Ethics Development
Everyone has an ethical system based on standards that vary from moral, values, and Ethics are what drive our actions, our emotions, and how we go about doing things in our daily lives. In the following paper I will discuss my personal ethical system and where it originated from. Ethics is not something that we are born with, but something that one develops overtime with growth and experience.
My Ethical System The underlying ethical system that I was used to as a child was duty-based, which is a moral obligation or commitment to act in a certain manner, with clear right and wrong being determined by an outside authority ( Ethical Terms, 2010, version 4). The ethics that I was raised with and taught were from a firm Mexican heritage. Everything that I was taught came from strong Catholic beliefs and the values of family. Much of my upbringing was very traditional. I was taught to obey my parents and to make them proud of my actions. From an early age religion, the union of family, harmony, education, and truthfulness were instilled in my life. These values were all very important to my parents and now I see myself teaching the same values to my children. Religion played a big role in my upbringing. I wouldn’t say that my parents were very strict about attending church and living a Christian life, but more so that I should have faith in God and believe that anything is possible with God in my life. So from the age of four I was placed in Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is basically religious education. Catechism was just as important as my general education in school, so I attended all the way up to the end of high school. The union of family was also important to my parents. In my household I only had one older brother and we were always told that we must stick together because all we have is each other. My father was talking to my brother and me about
References: Trevino, L.K., and Nelson, K.A (2007). Managing business ethics. Straight talk about how to do it right (4th Ed.). John Wiley & Sons.