Writing a personal ethics statement is often one of the most dreaded tasks a person is asked to undertake. In reality it should not be that difficult to accomplish. You are only, in fact, putting to paper what you really believe in and wish, as a person, to become.
Begin by taking a few notes about your personal philosophy – the things that you believe you should do to be an honest, decent person. Do you believe that lying is wrong? Do you believe that killing another is wrong? Do you value love and relationships, therefore making actions that destroy them wrong? Then you have a beginning to your ethics statement.
You need to include everything that you feel very strongly about in your notes, even if it may seem odd to another person. Global warming may have you concerned; therefore, part of your ethics statement may include a resolution to practice habits that do not produce pollution or harm the environment. All of these things are important to you so let them become a part of your statement.
Once you have figured out which issues are really important to you, and which philosophies will held you create a good and fulfilling life for yourself and those around you, begin to put these things together into a coherent statement. You can start it any way you choose since this is about you personally. If you are doing this for a class assignment you may have guidelines to follow, but the heart of the statement should be based upon your feelings.
You may wish to begin “I believe that all people should have the things they need to live a full and happy life, therefore, I believe that my actions should always revolve around making this happen…..” An ethics statement is a testimony to your core beliefs.
Your parents taught you right from wrong from the moment you became aware of your actions. What you are now doing is taking those teachings and using them to create a life plan. Many religions observe this type of ethics statements in their church laws or commandments. You may draw many of your beliefs from these experiences with your parents or religion or you may come to your own conclusions of what is ethical.
Ethics is really just another word for morals. Each of us possesses a set of morals that we cling to and base our judgments and actions upon. The purpose of an ethics statement is to merely put onto paper what you already believe in your heart.