Emely Lopez Essay

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Emely Lopez
English II HP
2 December 2013
Obtaining information on morality you can find that there’s no proper definition, only ones own perception can be pertained. The definition of morality varies but this one would probably be the most accurate definition, ‘P rinciples concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior’.
Different societies have different moral codes.
In a sense, morals can relate to the study of what people perceive to be right and what can generally seem done due to a group, society, or a culture. In general, morals correspond to what actually can condone in a society.
Morals can be viewed as a descriptive science; it seeks to establish "what is true" in a society or group. M orality basically can be related to relativity it changes by time, places, and people. My own definition of morality it would have to be the golden rule. Also you should do the right thing as to doing the wrong thing. Another would have to be staying true to you and just being honest with yourself.
In the book The Republic by Plato, he says “If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.”
Plato’s saying for society to truly be equal both men and women have to realize that education isn’t gender specific. That we are all humans therefore we have the right to learn what we want to learn with any judgment or ridicule from others. Whether that be a man wanting to learn to cook or a woman wanting to become a


mechanical engineer. We are equal but the only thing keeping us away from that is the gender specific roles placed by society. Much like the golden rule, which is to treat others you wished to be treated.
In the book Plato says,
“The man who finds that in the course of his life he has done a lot of wrong often wakes up at night in terror, like a child with a nightmare, and his life is full of foreboding: but the man who is conscious of no wrongdoing is filled with cheerfulness and with the comfort of old age.” Plato’s quote means that when you are a person who has committed crimes or have done things that are morally wrong, you will live life full of guilt and regret. They would be spending every waking moment contemplating their actions. While if you're a person who hasn't committed crimes, will live life worry free and enjoy their life. They’ll look towards the future because they have nothing to feel guilty about. The man will be happy when he becomes old and dies, because he’ll believe he’s going somewhere nice. If the man would atone for his mistakes and admit that he had committed these crimes then his conscious would become clear like the man who had done nothing wrong. This is why you should always do the right thing opposed to the wrong thing.
Also plato says, “…it’s better in fact to be guilty of manslaughter than of fraud about what is fair and just.” Plato says its better to admit the mistakes and crimes you've made even if its extreme as murder rather than be a person who lies and cheats people out of what's morally correct. This is because when you admit to your mistakes you end up feeling relieved as if a weight was lifted off your shoulder. And you'll be able to live with yourself. If you live a life of cheating and fraud you would still feel guilt on a constant basis. You need to stay true and honest


with yourself.
Morals and ethics are closely related but the difference is while morality refers to personal character and values, ethics refer to certain set codes of conduct expected of a certain group of people. Morality is determined by what one considers to be wrong or right while ethics refer to a set of behaviours that people consider acceptable in certain environments. Ethics are determined by external factors such as religion, peer group or profession. Ethics are a major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good life.