Talking about ethics means we have to include behavior and judgment calls. Do we all have the same definitions when it comes to this intriguing topic? Probably not.
To level off, the dictionary defines "ethical" as "conforming to accepted standards of conduct." That's the working definition when we're dealing with daily actions. Ethics work in tandem with expected behavior and personal judgment. Ethics are all about how we behave and how we regard the behavior of others.
Sometimes ethics and the law intersect. Ever heard of the term "code of conduct," used in fields like journalism or medicine? It's an outline of "do's and don'ts" in the practice of those professions. It's the set of actions that professionals need to abide by. Even if we're not all journalists or medical professionals, we live and work following our specific codes of conduct.
How we respond to stimuli gives others a clue about our ethical standards. Do we buck the system or do we "color within the lines," as they say? There's no hard and fast rule here. Different people will do different things, and yes, differences arise even when there is a code of conduct to follow.
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