Morality & Ethics

Morality speaks of a system of behavior in regards to standards of right or wrong behavior. The word carries the concepts of:

(1) Moral standards, with regard to behavior;

(2) Moral responsibility, referring to our conscience; and

(3) A moral identity, or one who is capable of right or wrong action.

Common synonyms include ethics, principles, virtue, and goodness. Morality has become a complicated issue in the multi-cultural world we live in today.

Morality impacts our everyday decisions, and those choices are directed by our conscience. Again, we must decide for ourselves where the conscience originates. Many people hold to the idea that the conscience is a matter of our hearts, that concepts of right, wrong, and fairness are “programmed” in each of us.

Ethics is the basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct. It includes study of universal values such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment.


4 Replies to “Morality & Ethics”

  1. Hi,
    I love the fact that you differentiated between Morality and ethics. Many tend to get confused of the two. This is great information, however, i would suggest that you maybe add a reflection of situation where you have been caught between the two (morality and ethics) in clinical practice and add articles that link to the situation, but that’s if you can relate.

    Kind regards
    Amanda Chabalala
    University of the Western Cape, South Africa.


  2. Hello.
    I admire how you have unpacked the issue of ethics especially in the international context. It is true that ethics has become a problem especially in the workplace because of the different cultural backgrounds that people come from. People form their principles and morals from a lot of things that surround our lives, like religion and the place of birth, which forms part of the cultural backgrounds. How do we then decide on an international level as to what is wrong and what is right? Are there any readings from literature/studies that have been conducted on international ethics? What do they say? How do we know when wrong is wrong and when right is right considering that we all come from different cultural backgrounds, religions and societies? I think this is something you can may be look at. Your reflection is interesting.

    Pardon Hlungwani
    UWC Physiotherapy IV


  3. Hi this is very short but straightforward. However wouldn’t it be more in depth if you included a scenario where your morality and work ethic was tested? These are mere definitions and it would have been more insightful if you painted a picture for us. I also did not see any referencing on your post, basically views besides your own. Maybe include an image on your next post as it also catches an eye of the reader. I hope I am giving helpful pointers you can maybe take into consideration. Cheers.

    Lelethu Koplani
    4th year Physiotherapy student
    UWC, South Africa


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