Personal Ethics Development Essay

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Personal Ethics Development Jacoby King PHL/323 April 27, 2015 Jacqueline Donaldson Personal Ethics Development Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming thinking about why you made certain decisions or why you feel strong about certain topics? If that was you, then you probably found yourself thinking about what kind of ethical system you believe in. Since I started attending the University of Phoenix, I constantly find myself thinking about the term ethics. Ethics is defined as “the underlying basic principles upon which choices are made throughout life” (Trevino & Nelson, 2011). Sometimes I wonder how being ethical builds into things such as character, morals, and values. Then it hit me, those terms help individuals to determine what kind of person they are on a daily basis. Within this topic, I will discuss different aspect on personal ethics development. Ethical System’s Primary Principles At times, I can find myself believing in different kinds of ethical systems during certain instances. During certain daily activities, I could practice the virtue system, relativistic system, rights-based system, entitlement-based system, and human nature system. As I sit back and think hard about it, my primary ethical system is entitlement-based system. The entitlement-based system is defined as “a personalized system with absolute no rights or wrongs. Moral decisions are based entirely on what is in the best interest of the individual” (Trevino & Nelson, 2011). When I make decisions, I do not worry about friendships or relationships, I make them based on the information that was provided and best interest of the individual that is at hand. Shaping Ethics As an adolescent, my parents, community, and the school system helped to shape my ethics. When it came to my parents, they taught me how to be honest, straightforward, dedicated, and determined. They

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