Ethics serve as a basis for our understanding of morality and the rules we live our life by. When we think ethically, we may consider what is best for society and what is best for us as individuals. Ethical thinking allows us to think about what it means to live well, what our responsibilities are (both to ourselves and others), what is right and wrong, and if there is an objective bad.
The intention of thinking about ethics is to affect the way we live our lives. As humans, we need to understand what we find to be right and what we find wrong, and through this to discern how we should behave in life. To come to a firm realisation about this is a great step in positively changing the way you live.
As humans, we tend to behave irrationally; we follow instincts we know to be wrong out of hope. We find that we need a moral guide, or a map, to understand our behaviour and choose activities to do the right thing in situations that might be tough. Ethical thinking allows us to challenge and question ourselves, to derive a moral map or framework that we can use to navigate through hardship and difficulty.
Some people believe that ethics are too vague to provide conclusive thought, but what is ultimately valid and therefore essential to remember is that everyone is unique and has a different perspective on issues that concern them. Our individuality defines our behaviour and our ethical beliefs, which means that nobody will have the same viewpoint as you. Still, it is essential not to see this as a difference but to understand that the collective uniqueness of humanity is a good thing that allows us to collaborate and work together.
It is not simply our job to find the correct answer, but to use our beliefs and understandings to navigate the world the best we can and believe in ourselves whilst also seeking connection and experience with others.
Ethics allow us to be concerned with others whilst drawing from our own experiences and the empathy we can gain from other people and our communications. Thinking with ethics will enable us to question ourselves and come back to previously misunderstood problems, hoping that we can approach ideas from different angles.
Challenging Ourselves and Guided Meditation
Guided meditation provides a brilliant opportunity within the field of ethical thinking to challenge us. By being alone with our thoughts and gaining an analytic approach to them, we can develop new ideas and discern why we understand concepts in specific ways, allowing for greater clarity and perspective within our mind about our ethical decisions and why we choose to act in particular ways. It is vital to remember that moral thinking is not about finding a specific answer but allowing yourself to explore different avenues of thought and discerning how best the world can be improved.