Ethics and Morality
Marian Agbabokha Walden University
Last week’s foundation course, exposed me to a lot of issues regarding my profession as an election officer, it gave me food for thought. As a scholar and student of public policy and administration, what kind of responsibilities will this course place in my care, based on the information I would have gathered and assimilated, that I would have to pass on to those in my work place who would be the first people to notice something different in me as I go through this course. My conviction with regards, to issues of election policies, justification and immediate implementation of administrative processes, ensuring, the ethics of free, fair and credible elections are implemented and the bottle necks of administrative bureaucracy reduced, if not totally removed, is the question I ask myself “but you are one person” how do you effectively make a distinct difference in your environment. I am hoping that by the end of this program and with the help of all I will come in contact with at Walden University, I would have found answer to questions as they unfold.
John Waliggo says by definition, ethics is a Greek word “ethos” meaning character while Morality derives from the Latin word Mos , plural Mores which mean customs or people’s values and traditions, people’ heritage or ways of life and conduct in a given community. Moral values vary from community to community and from time to time. Among people who share a common heritage or have similar cultures or religious beliefs, some of these values cut across sections of the various communities.
Amanda Baker in “Fundamental concepts” says that morals form ethical principles, and they are defined by the individual. She says that ethics are similar to law but are not laws; it has to do with making your own choice and doing that which is right, like an election officer, morals have a major role to...
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