Personal Ethics - Running head: Developmental Aspects of...

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Running head: Developmental Aspects of Ethics 1 Developmental Aspects of Ethics Phil Sumner PHL/323 Ethics in Management 07:05:13 William De Vorick
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Developmental Aspects of Ethics 2 Developmental Aspect of Ethics Ethics whether personal or business all boil down to one thing morals. Ethics are defined as the moral principles of an individual or company (Dictionary.com, 2010). This basically means doing the right thing. Ethics are developed from many different sources throughout our lives, and this molds our thoughts of what is right, and wrong. We take a little from each source and develop what we feel are our own personal ethics. In this paper I will define the developmental factors people, territory, and company that helped define the personal ethics that have to this day. Personal Background I was born in a small community based in western Pennsylvania with very little cultural diversity. The town that I grew up in was Lilly Pennsylvania a community of approximately 500 people. This population consisted of all white and mostly catholic families, with a Polish or German heritage. This was the start of my ethical development. Within this community the ethics that people followed were contrived from the rights based ethical system. The rights based ethical system is defined as certain things being acceptable in a community because the majority of people in the community agree the behavior is acceptable Within this community everyone had roughly the same ideas of what was right and wrong due to the fact that this setting was so small and such a tight knit group. Influences When growing up within such a small area with no diversity the influences you have to develop different ethical standards are very limited. Everyone thinks and raises their children in a
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Developmental Aspects of Ethics 3 similar fashion. There is very little influence from outside sources due to the fact that no time is spent with other cultures. The personal influences that started my personal ethical development were of course my parents. My father was the biggest influence on me while growing up. My father was raised by strict parents who expected him to act in a certain manner. Some of these mannerisms include: 1. Respect your elders 2. Follow the Catholic church and its beliefs 3. Be a good upstanding gentlemen 4. Treat people with respect 5. No backtalk 6. Do unto others as you wish they do to you These are just a few of the mannerisms that were passed along to me to develop my ethical standpoint, and values. Eye Opener
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