Ethics And The Moral Compass Essay

1263 Words Mar 19th, 2016 null Page
Ethics, in a sense, are one’s moral compass. They are objective and subjective preferences that affect how society, and each human being, determines what is considered to be morally correct. The significance of ethics can be found throughout personal decisions and behaviours, established social norms, and lastly, legal decisions. The significance of ethical thinking is found within these ideas.

Personal decisions are based around a single person’s ethical views about what is considered to be good. Peter singer stated that, “Without an independent standard, it would be pointless to say that God is good; this could only mean that God is approved of by God…it is impossible to give a satisfactory account of the origin of morality in terms of a divine creation” (Singer. P, 1985). His quote supports the idea that as humans we have the ability to decipher wrong from right whether or not God exists. This relates sufficiently to Natural Law and suggests that personal decisions are controlled by the idea of knowing right from wrong, even if what some may think is right, could otherwise be considered wrong. Ethical Relativism influences these kinds of moral situations as each person has the right to decide what is right for them and what suits their situation. A prime example would be the debate of abortion. The Youth Catechism states that “God alone is Lord over life and death. Not even ‘my life belongs’ to me. Every child, from the moment of conception on, has a right to life…No…

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