Ethics Is Not Just Black And White Essay

1073 Words Dec 14th, 2016 5 Pages
At a young age, our elders introduced the idea of ethics—what is right versus what is wrong. Through trial and error, we learned to not put the coin in our mouth, to not hit our siblings, and to leave the cookie jar alone. Or at least, we learned to not partake in these misdemeanors when anyone was looking. Ethics were established, but we never realized the extent it would proceed to once we grew older; we didn’t understand that further ethical-challenging decisions lay ahead. Suddenly, eating the last cookie turned to lying, cheating, stealing, and sometimes beyond. Without a single notice, society took over and the simplest of unethical behavior no longer mattered. The ethics of recent generations, particularly ours today, have changed in regards to our desire for money, reputation, and class. Although a percentage of people may argue that ethics is not just black and white (which is true), we’ve created grey area that doesn’t even exist. The creation of misconceptions and rationalizations justifies our unethical behavior and comforts our guilty conscience (Marshall). Undoubtedly, society’s view of ethics has become distorted, which in turn has constructed a world that resides as a playpen for misconduct and cruelty.
The most common distortion of ethics stems from the phrase “everyone does it” (also known as the Golden Rationalization); that is, reasoning your actions as ethical just because others behave the same (Marshall). In our world, people manipulate this notion…

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