Ethics and Morality are not just a word but a guiding force, which is with us every moment and guides us in the direction that is right for us .
On the basis of morality, we see big leaders resigning their posts, on the basis of unethical behavior we see many people being fired from jobs. So the question comes that what is ethics and morality.
In this article, we will discuss the difference between Ethics and Morality in a simple and easy way and try to understand it with the help of some interesting examples. So do read this article till the end. 💫 Key Differences
What is ethics?
Ethics is a value, which always tells us what is right for us and what is not for us at every moment, at every turn, in every situation.
There are moments in life when we have to take only one decision, but we have many options, all are right. But even if we do not want to, we have to choose only one.
Often we say it in such a way that the heart is saying something else, the mind is saying something else. Both are correct. But what to do?
In this way, in every decision where there is a conflict or say that there is a mental conflict, every time we give up something, or leave it. Because we have to make a single decision and move on to it, but you are not wrong because morality is such a thing. Let us understand it with an example-
Examples of Ethics and Morality
Let’s say you are a girl and you are living in a village where the society is very powerful…..,
Society is powerful because you are bound by its rules, laws, customs, traditions etc. Although it is not binding, you can deny it all, you can choose your different path but it becomes very difficult for you to do this because there are many such factors which work in your society. compelled to live in Such as – prestige.
So suppose you are a girl from such a society. You got married recently. You always liked a boy and wanted to marry him, but because of this society, you could not take this decision at that time. Because of this society, you accepted that everything will be fine and now this is my life.
But only after a year and a half, you started to realize that that boy is not good as your life partner, you can never become what you could have been otherwise and what you deserved by being with this guy .
Now that boy you always liked tells you to come with me. What will you do now? Now your mind, your conscience is saying that you should go with that guy because you know that he also likes you very much. But on the other side there is society, rules and regulations established by it, respect and prestige etc.
Now you are stuck in a conflict. On one hand you have your own values and on the other you have social values. On one hand you know that this is good for you, but on the other hand you also know that this will lead to a loss of so called prestige, a stain will be created because this society and the rules, rules and regulations established by it, can be separated from their own free will. does not allow.
Whatever decision you take here, it will not be wrong but you will have to sacrifice one side or the other.
If you choose the society then you will have to give up on it and if you choose that boy then you may have to give up the society even if it is only for a short time.
If you have understood this example then you have understood the difference between Ethics and Morality.
difference between ethics and ethics
Ethics is determined by an external agency or institution. In the above case, here that external agency is society. Whereas morality is determined by our mind, our conscience. That is, morality is our intrinsic quality.
To put it in other words, the conduct of an organized group, business etc. according to the standards of the code of conduct is called ethics. Whereas as a person the conduct in accordance with our life values and doctrinal standards is called Morality or Morality.
If we work in a company according to its code of conduct, then our work has become ethical. On the other hand, if it is written in the code of conduct of a company that always treat the customer well, but we behave in an ignorant manner, then our work has become unethical.
Here the word moral can be used for ethical and the word immoral can be used for unethical . But you are seeing that both are being driven by some external code of conduct.
Sometimes there comes a time when we are Ethically Correct but Morally Wrong and sometimes there also comes a time when we are Morally Correct but Ethically Wrong. what does this mean? Let us understand this with an example.
Ethically Correct? Morally Wrong
Let’s say you work in a shop and a troubled man comes to you and asks you for a pot of poison. You also know that man because he lives in the flat next to you and you had also heard in the night that he was telling his wife that he will commit suicide tomorrow.
Now your job is to sell goods, that’s why you sell poison to it – you are ethically correct, you have not done any mistake. But you came to know that he died after consuming poison in front of your shop.
Now since you already knew that he was going to do this, you could not even give him this poison. Now you are repenting of this, so here you are Morally Wrong.
On the contrary, think that you do not give that poison to him, because your conscience is also saying the same. So you would have been morally correct. But would have become Ethically Wrong because the code of conduct of the shop was that if there is any item then you will definitely sell it.
You see, one side often has to leave us. It is very difficult in real life to be both ethically and morally correct. But not impossible. Because there are some moments in life where we are morally correct as well as morally. how that? Let’s understand by example.
Ethically Correct as well as morally
Suppose you are a lawyer. And it is the nature of the lawyer to get his client to win the case in any way, even if it is Morally Wrong.
But let’s say one day you get a client who doesn’t have as much money as your fees and no one else is ready to fight his case. Whereas you know that he is innocent and if no one will fight his case then he will be defeated and there may be punishment too.
Now a voice comes from your conscience whether or not it should be saved in any condition. And your code of conduct also says that the innocent should be protected by all possible means.
That is, your ethics is also telling you the same thing that your morality is telling you. In this situation you are ethically correct as well as morally.
Hope you have understood Ethics and Morality very well. Links of some other articles are being given below, do visit them also.
What is Ethics?
Ethics is the conduct of an organized group, business etc. according to the standards of the code of conduct. If we work in a company according to its code of conduct, then our work has become ethical.
What is morality?
Morality is the conduct that conforms to our life values and principled standards as a person. Morality is a value, which always tells us what is right for us and what is not for us at every moment, at every turn, in every situation.