Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The term comes from the Greek word ethos, which means "character". Ethics is a complement to Aesthetics in the philosophy field of Axiology. In philosophy, ethics studies the moral behavior in humans, and how one should act.
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Michael taught ethics to a group of carpenters at a part time college for certain duration. When his wife and mother in law came to know about this, they were quite amused. His mother in law stated that they were the correct group to be taught ethics. In fact, his wife’s colleagues were eager to know whether anyone cleared this course. Everyone seemed to be amazed at this.
But instead of being amazed at the situation, we should be actually worried. Carpenters are not the only one to be taught this subject. There are many others who need to learn ethics. Businessman as a group are often believed to be involved in unethical practices which they tend to justify on the basis that they are only doing business as if they are doing a part of their job. Then ideally there should not be any difference between them and criminals.
If we consider politicians then the situation will be clearer. Politicians are often considered as unethical as they often tend to get involved in malpractices just to stay in office or get elected. They don’t shy away from lying, pandering to the lowest common denominator to achieve their means or spending the tax payer’s money to meet their own requirements.
While some people don’t care about right and wrong, good or bad, most people fail to differentiate it and many who can are reluctant to take adequate measures. The concept of ethics needs to clear from the school level when a child’s mind is fresh and they are eager o learn new things.
Yet we see, most of the K12 schools don’t think it necessary to incorporate “ethics” as a subject matter of study in their syllabus. They think that teaching about obedience, laws and rules and moral characteristics are enough. Even most business schools only impart classes on business laws and practices. In spite of so many nationwide scandals, and corporate malpractices highlighted in the national and local newspapers yet business schools have not incorporated ethics as a subject matter.
What majority of us, fails to realize is that ethics is not the study of what is socially or legally correct, accepted or tolerated. Ethics is actually the study of what is right and wrong i.e. it is the sense of discovering and implementing reasonable general principles that helps us to decide what to do and what not to do.