The Drive Behind Human Actions. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Ethics and morals, of human beings, are based on the foundation of rightness and wrongness of human conduct and thoughts, people think that there is no difference between ethics and morals. However, even though there are a lot of similarities between ethics and morals of human behavior, the subtle differences in the essence of ethics and morals prove that they are two different concepts altogether.
The definitions of ethics and morality show that there is a slight similarity between ethics and morals of human beings. The definition of ethics gives an idea about how ethics and morals are related to each other. Ethics is defined as a study of human being’s moral and immoral behavior or conduct (Fite. 1903, p. 3). Hence, ethics is a ‘theory’ that guides a person to behave in ‘good’ or ‘moral’ way. On the other hand, morality can be defined as the practice of ethics in human behavior (Billington, 2003, p.19).
The definitions of ethics and morality show that ethics and morals are similar to each other as they both aim for the ‘rightness of action’ in human behavior. However, it is important to note that even though both, ethics and morals, are based on the idea of rightness and wrongness of actions, they come from different origins. Hence, they are different from each other.
‘Moral’ is the word which is used to judge or decide the rightness and wrongness in the behavior and actions (Fite. 1903, p. 3). An act is called ‘moral’ when its consequences are positive and it has a far-reaching and important impact on society as a whole (Fite. 1903, p. 4). Hence, ‘moral’ conduct is different from the selfish behavior which is considered ‘good’ in different spheres of life. For example, killing a soldier from the rival country during the war is considered a duty of the soldier and hence, is considered ‘good’ by people working in the military. . .