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Ethical issues and moral issues


Jeffrey James smith


Ethical issues and moral issues

Moral and ethic issues greet us each morning in the newspaper, confront us in the fundamentals of our daily jobs, and encounter us from our daily activities. We are bombarded daily with discussions of drug abuse, the morality of medical technologies that can prolong our lives, the rights of the homeless and abortion. Dealing with these moral and ethical issues is often perplexing especially when individuals are trying to think through an ethical issue and determine what questions to ask and what factors should be considered.

Personally I have encountered several events in my life involving many ethical and moral implications, but at this time I will focus on one, adultery. I myself have not been married, but my mother has been married and divorced and seeing her go through the betrayal of her ex husband committing adultery, my feelings have always been the same concerning this issue. I feel that adultery is immoral. Adultery involves relations in which one or both parties are married, but not to one another. According to an article I came across, there are three forms of adultery. The first form is the act in which a married person commits adultery by physically engaging in sexual acts with someone who is not his or her spouse. The second form is the thought in which a married person commits adultery if there is a lustful desire for someone other than his or her spouse. The third form is divorce and remarriage. This describes a married person committing adultery if he or she divorces and remarries, unless the divorce is caused by a spouse’s unfaithfulness. Many people do not take into consideration the effects of adultery. It is often the afterthought that makes a person realize the moral and ethical values that everyone faces on a daily base.

Ethics, which is the practice of becoming excellent at being human according to Socrates, is always...