Ethics : Ethics And Ethics

851 WordsFeb 10, 20154 Pages
It was John Berger who stated, “Without ethics, man has no future. This is to say, mankind without them cannot be itself. Ethics determine choices and actions and suggest difficult priorities” (Berger). His meaning behind that quote is simple. In this world is there a right and a wrong way of doing something? In this world, ethics determines our actions and the consequences that come about those actions, determining right and wrong. The real question is however, are Ethics black and white? Is what is “right”, always right? Is what is “wrong” always wrong? Are ethics relative? In many ethical scenarios, there is one way and then there is the other way; there is “black” and then there is “white”. When trying to think ethical, there is no thinking outside the box. The consequence to the action is either a good outcome or a bad outcome, depending on how severe the action was. A writer for the New York Times found herself in a sticky situation. It was in this situation she reflected on how “…things can seem so black and white when you’re outside a situation, and yet so difficult when you’re entangled in it” (Tugend). What cane be concluded from this particular statement, is yes, ethics are black and white, but with a twist. Alina Tugend had said that from an outsider’s point of view on a situation, there is a black or there is a white. There is no in between. However, from an insider’s point of view in a situation, there could be a gray lining somewhere. Everyone sees the world

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