To begin with, recall that ethics aims to evaluate all actions in an objective and systematic manner. This means trying to find out why something has moral worth. Once you’ve found true moral values you must act on them consistently.
There are many other examples of putting your beliefs into practice. Sometimes it might be tougher to do this because following through on your beliefs requires a lot of you.
If you thought that human suffering should be avoided at all costs, then you would do everything you could to minimize suffering.
For instance, if you thought suffering was largely unavoidable, you would refuse to have children, since they would inevitably be subject to suffering.
In this instance, you would have sacrificed having a family to consistently follow your ethical values. But it’s not always so demanding to follow through with ethical values.
Now let’s look in a bit more detail about how you can consistently put an ethical value into practice. We will look at two cases, and the following will be provided for each:
Here is the first case.
|All humans should be treated equally, because everyone has the same rights.|
|ETHICAL THEORY||Since this is based on a rule for action, it's connected to deontology.|
|EXAMPLES OF REQUIRED ACTIONS||Support legislation to close the gender pay gap.||Join groups that promote awareness of racial prejudice.||Vote for those who aim to support the poor.|
And here is the second case.
|I think animal cruelty is wrong because their suffering should be stopped.|
|ETHICAL THEORY||Since this is based on the outcome of action, it's connected to consequentialism.|
|EXAMPLES OF REQUIRED ACTIONS||Stop consuming products that contribute to the cruel treatment of animals.||Support charities that promote animal rights and raise awareness of their abuse.||Vote for those who aim to bring better regulation of the meat industry.|