Everyone constantly breaks rules and or laws. We seem to all have a tendency to make decisions based upon ethical egoism. This does not mean that society cannot have control or ethical standards. We do decide for ourselves what is right and wrong and yet we still have a social contract in our society. Some choose to break this contract in small and more impactful ways that hurt us, but that doesn’t mean the majority do. I believe that overall our social contract is accepted by the majority and works.
As was pointed out in this class we are all a pack of liars. We are also a pack of rule breakers. That doesn’t mean we are untrustworthy or incapable of following rules. I’m sure most people in our society have run a red light or stop sign. I’m sure many folks have made the choice to drive after having a few alcoholic drinks. In the school of thought they were in at that time made them decide to break those rules or laws. I haven’t met someone who hasn’t broken a traffic law at some point in their lives. That doesn’t mean that we can’t have social control or ethical standards. We all make choices that go against the norm and conflicts with what someone else views as right or wrong.
What I consider to be ethical differs from others because I have my own set of personal values. It is all our own attitudes and behaviors, based on the information we have, that form our personal behaviors. Everyone does decide for themselves what is right and what is unacceptable based on what we have in our own personal “box”. No matter what laws or rules are in place it is still up to each individual to make the choice. We can have guidelines and lean people in the right direction with social controls, but we cannot control their decisions.
It is my belief that we can have social controls and ethical standards when everyone is deciding for themselves what is right and what is unacceptable. That is the current society we live in and it seems to work with the majority. Our society is...