Among different religions, there is a principle known as the golden rule, “treat others as you would treat yourself”. I believe that if there is any universal truth or a common teaching crosswise religion, it is this rule. Yet, it is to understand where the other person is coming from, its values, concerns, and believes the way that you would your own. However, there is no historical evidence of any standard of a human society in the past periods, any standards of what it is right and wrong, people cannot tell the roots of morality. Today’s morality is much similar to past decades. Most people, might say that there were many ideas about human ethical standards that have changed or improved over time, like slavery or human rights. Still, morality is not a simple rule, however, it is a standard that needs to be taught through generations. On the other hand, the way that people grew up may affect its behavior, said so people may have different moral codes because they were educated in that way, due to a huge variation from one culture to another that every single principle or judgment is generally accepted. Actions, whether they are good in one place, can be totally opposite in another, therefore to search for a rational or for an objective justifiable is just a fact.
Nevertheless, ethics itself deals with the justification of moral principles. “Ethics is the variation of moral systems because it has often been claimed that this knowledge shows that morality is simply a matter of what is expected of a particular society” (Gert). Foremost, a universal human ethical principles should be based on the day to day living of life, encouraging principally to unify groups and to find the harmony and honor between these groups of people. However, these values are shared in general such as freedom, equal rights, human dignity and peace, but there is no moral values or agreement established among communities and religions. Ethics and morality go together and there is a constant change. People’s beliefs, values, and ideas are constantly evolving too, for example, what was labeled as wrong 40 years ago, is accepted today, and what is labeled as wrong today, will probably be accepted in the near future. Every culture has many different social standard or norms of what is accepted as ‘good’. I do not believe that there is an overall moral code in which everyone follows universally because we as individuals have different ideas in what we believe as morally correct, that is what makes us an independent species.
In conclusion, I do believe in a concept that is not causing unnecessary harm in any situation including oneself and to any other person in the world. Whether the person is living in a poor country or in the most developed, the concept should be the same, however, the focus point is how those people apply those ideas and values. Yet, I consider that there might be something that the entire world might agree on, if not the world might fall apart. Having an universal ethical code does not mean that people always have to follow that code, but rather how people should treat others can be seen across any religion, having an universal ethical code means being more sensitive to others needs, having choices, respect others opinion and the most significant thing being honest about our ideas and beliefs.
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