The Importance Of Ethics

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In my opinion, ethics is one of the most controversial topics that can be approached. According to Kory Floyd, ethics is “a code of morality or a set of ideas about what is right” (30). The issue though, is each person’s code or idea might vary between cultures and individuals (Floyd 30). In the United States, having a population of over 318 million, this variation can be extremely problematic. Thus, to ask if something is ethical or not, all ideas of ethics should be taken into account. This reasoning is important because, according to our founding fathers’ decree on independence, everyone has the right, in the United States, to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How I act, dress, speak, feel, and even live are all an expression …show more content…
in Kerns and Sampson 3). Ethics laws, on the other hand pertain to standards of behavior that may or may not align with your personal ethics (Kerns Sampson 3). He goes even further to explain that ethics laws, like the “Respect for Fallen Heroes” should actually be named codes of conduct, and that all ethical laws can address is moral choice. Moral judgement, on the other hand, is left of the person making the decision (3). With this understanding in mind, now the real answer of WBC’s actions being ethical or not can be answered. Yes, according to the law now in place, they are unethical, but their judgement of whether they should or should not protest, that is up to …show more content…
If we remember the founding ideal of this nation, that life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, then you cannot help but think that sometimes these laws can directly contradict that statement. According to philosopher Ayn Rand, an individual’s own self-interest is what guides their behavior (Horwitz 377). Thus, the greatest importance in individual ethical formation, is to allow as much personal choice as we can (377). As well as, to expect individuals to sacrifice personal values over those of someone else is contradictory to not only the essence of what it is to be human, but also to what it takes to form a viable social order (377). With this in mind, I am of the inclination to believe that the more ethics laws we form, like hate speech laws, only inhibits the formation of a good social order. In reality, we are inhibiting personal liberty and happiness. In conclusion, I believe that WBC is a deplorable group. Their actions incite hate on both sides of the fence, and according to current ethics laws, they are in fact, unethical. Ethics laws, on the other hand, walk a fine line between infringing on personal liberty and keeping people from being offended by other’s choices. We too, through ethics laws, face a possible negative effect on our

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