ethics vs morale

Reflections on the difference between ethics and morale…

Definition of ETHIC

1
plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation
2
a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values ethic> ethic> —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction ethics> <Christian ethics>

b plural but sing or plural in constr : the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group <professional ethics>
c : a guiding philosophy
d : a consciousness of moral importance ethic>
3
plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness)ethics of human cloning>
Examples of ETHIC
  1. Ethics is his chosen field of study.

Origin of ETHIC

Middle English ethik, from Middle French ethique, from Latinethice, from Greek ēthikē, from ēthikos

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ethic

So ethics is the idea of right and wrong or good and bad?

okay, still not sure what to make of this… let’s check the thesaurus:

guided by or in accordance with one’s sense of right and wrong <ethical writers do not use the words of other writers without giving them proper credit>Synonyms conscionable, ethical, honest, honorable, just,moral, principled, scrupulousRelated Words decent, good, righteous, right-minded,straight, upright, virtuous; dutiful, observant, respectful;overconscientious; reliable, responsible, solid, tried-and-true, true, trustworthy, trusty; esteemed, law-abiding,reputable, respected, upstanding, worthy
http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ethic

Good, respectful, reliable, true and trustworthy… amongst others, I can relate to those terms as being part of my ethics.

…hm, since I was pondering on the difference between moral values and ethics, I have to go either further in my research, or set for the one definition that appeals most to me:

c: a guiding philosophy

So what exactly can I say about my guiding philosophy? What IS my philosophy? What is PHILOSOPHY?

 

I am back…

He who knows others is wise;
He who knows himself is enlightened.
            Lao-tzu
 
 
 
 
                                                                 If you want happiness for an hour; take a nap.
                                                                 If you want happiness for a day; go fishing.
                                                                 If you want happiness for a month; get married. 
                                                                 If you want happiness for a year; inherit a fortune.
                                                                 If you want happiness for a lifetime; help someone else.