Personal Morals, Ethics, And Values

868 WordsMar 9, 20154 Pages
Personal Morals, Ethics, and Values My own set of moral beliefs have been established over the years through the interactions I have had with family members, friends, and institutions such as schools, church, and work. I grew up in a very large family. My Mom was one of nineteen children, I am the oldest of six. There are at least 100 close family members between aunts, uncles, cousins, second-cousins who all grew up with in the same small coal-mining town of Plymouth, Pa. My set of moral values I have learned to develop by the interaction of family members and the ability to reason right from wrong as I saw others disciplined for misbehavior. We were raised as Catholics in which we were taught to respect each other and our maker. We have been taught to avoid any wrongdoing in this life for fear of damnation in the afterlife. I also learned how to interact with others and develop respect for my employers over the years. After all, if I did the job, I am rewarded with pay. Moral values and ethics have become part of the daily life that I lead to be a good citizen, take care of my family, and help my neighbors whenever I can. Lawrence Kohlberg established the theory of moral development during the 1970’s where he presents a structure in that all cultures share a universal developmental sequence to moral development. He introduces the three levels as the preconventional, conventional, and postconventional, autonomous, or principled level. According to Kohlberg,
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