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    Veteran Member Dr Sampson Simpson's Avatar
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    I think a good example of morality vs ethics fits with organ donation

    THere are two people in need, one is an upstanding member of the community, does a lot of volunteer work, has many kids, etc, the other is a mean recluse who never helps anybody and has no kids. THe moral thing would be to give the organ to the upstanding member of the community with kids, but the ethical things is to have objective criteria for who gets the kidney.

    Obviously for reasons where you want to limit subjectiveness in making the decision> it would seem to be unethical to make that choice based on who one likes more, even though people may argue morally it would be right to to give it to the person who contributes to society and may benefit it more
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    Moral is to know what others should do. Ethic asks "Would I do so on my own?" and finds no easy answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    I think a good example of morality vs ethics fits with organ donation

    THere are two people in need, one is an upstanding member of the community, does a lot of volunteer work, has many kids, etc, the other is a mean recluse who never helps anybody and has no kids. THe moral thing would be to give the organ to the upstanding member of the community with kids, but the ethical things is to have objective criteria for who gets the kidney.

    Obviously for reasons where you want to limit subjectiveness in making the decision> it would seem to be unethical to make that choice based on who one likes more, even though people may argue morally it would be right to to give it to the person who contributes to society and may benefit it more
    This is really is my question, and I guess my answer.

    It was an interesting revelation to me because it explains how two good, honest, hardworking, thoughtful people can end up on two totally different sides of an argument about right and wrong. And wondering if the other one is crazy.

    I feel like it explains so much.

    How many, then, of our political differences are a question of morality vs ethics?

    For me, morality is the decisions I make for myself. Ethics is how I deal with other people.

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    This has been explained perfectly by several members but I will add the way it was told to me in ethics. Academia defined betrayal as subjective because it is a moral standard that does not transcend culture or creed. They see ethics as a legitimate science and morality as a personal belief.

    I agree that morality is subjective but I have made many good arguments here that prove ethics can be bought.

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