We will be able to draw on that virtue when needed for even more serious situations, not only in law enforcement, but in other challenges that we may face in life.
Ethics is also important for those citizens who do not aspire to work in law enforcement.
We should also consider any way that we can improve our moral life to make society better.
In this article we argue that puzzle of tax compliance can be explained, at least in part, by recognizing the typically neglected role of ethics in individual behavior; that is, individuals do not always behave as the selfish, rational, self-interested individuals portrayed in the standard neoclassical paradigm, but rather are often motivated by many other factors that have as their main foundation some aspects of “ethics.” We argue that it is not possible to understand fully an individual’s…
For citizens, even for those of us with no aspirations in a career in law enforcement, morality and integrity are important characteristics to demonstrate.
We instinctively know that it is good to be moral and act with integrity, but by coming to an understanding of the reasons for morality and integrity, we will be motivated to champion such behaviour.As an individual, you can ask yourself what society would be like if everyone conducted their moral selves like you do. By asking yourself this question, your are really testing the universality of your behaviour.Immanuel Kant, a famous scholar of ethics, suggests we should only act in ways that we would want everyone else in the same situation to act.It’s especially important to live a moral life when we are young, as it is helpful to exercise and practise these concepts before being confronted with more complex issues.Lafollette (2007) theorizes that ethics is like most everything else that we strive to be good at; it requires practice and effort.Technology lets the world see people everywhere behaving badly: Videos of fights in public quickly go viral, folks bicker and bully on social media, and many think nothing of posting nearly naked photos for the world to see.Former media executive and business consultant Eden Collinsworth explores the fluid lines of morality in her book, Eden Collinsworth: It might be helpful to define the words “morality” and “ethics” because they’re often thought to be one and the same.I started to explore that question with a variety of other people in terms of the moral choices they’ve made.Some of them have upheld the moral status quo, others have been defiant.In sum, the practice of being moral, allows us to work on these skills, so when we are faced with real situations that impact others, we are ready Lafollette (2007) also emphasizes the need to understand and develop our virtues.Knowing that we ought to behave in a certain way, yet missing an opportunity to exercise moral behaviour, is an indication of the need to “sharpen moral vision.” For example we know that we ought to stay in good physical shape but often do not.