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Evolution of Personal Ethics

Have you ever noticed a shift in your beliefs about what is ethical over your lifetime? If so, what/who had an influence on this?

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Interesting application question! Have you given this some thought about how your personal beliefs have changed in terms of what is right and wrong (ethical/moral beliefs)?

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1. Have you ever noticed a shift in your beliefs about what is ethical over your lifetime? If so, what/who had an influence on this?

This question is straightforward, as it is asking for your personal life experiences in terms of whether or not your sense of right and wrong on certain issues has change over your lifetime. Has it?

When we are younger, we usually have different moral/ethical beliefs than when we get older, not always, but usually. Can you think of some of your beliefs that have changed? For example, Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development explains how our moral reasoning changes as we develop cognitively. Perhaps, for example, when you were younger or still living at home (assuming you are not now), you believed that you had to go to church every Sunday because it was the right thing to do; then, when you left home, you might have changed your belief to "it feels good to go to church on Sunday, but I don't ...

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The solution explores these questions: Have you ever noticed a shift in your beliefs about what is ethical over your lifetime? If so, what/who had an influence on this? Supplemented with a resource on guidelines for choosing ethical beliefs.

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