September 19, 2013
Professor David W. Trammell
Ethics and morality often gets confused in translation. This confusion typically lies on the situation and circumstance on hand. According to Boylan (2009), those who believe in religious connection to ethics and morality “there is an independent source of goodness that exists I some other (supernatural) realm”, and those nonreligious views believe that ethics and morality are more consistent, coherent, and complete, and any other view is redundant.
Growing up in the early 80’s in a single parent home was not the “norm” back then. Whether or not morals where instilled in us remains to be told. All that is known is individuals did what was right in order to survive. By virtue, judgment calls where always good, I did not follow the crowd that was “up to no good” and get involved in drugs, sex, and gangs or gang related activity. My actions considered the things one should or should not do, and in the end did what I was obligated too, after all I had young siblings to consider and absent parent. Boylan (2009) stated, “deontology is a moral theory that emphasizes one’s duty to do a particular action just because the action, itself, is inherently right and not through any other sorts of calculations—such as the consequences of the action (p. 171.) Being the eldest and looked up too, I had to always do right by my two siblings. They would in the end do what was being shown to them. Utilitarianism is a theory that suggests that an action is morally right when that action produces more total utility for the group than any other alternative (Boylan, 2009).
In a nutshell, ethics and moral education should come naturally to individuals. It is what separates us from the ones without a conscience, which scientist deem serial killers and psychopaths. Subconsciously, whether we believe we were not taught right...