Ethics is the analysis of what is the best or most right thing to do when presented with options. We tend to think of this process as an abstract thinking exercise with little practical application in normal living. But that is not true. We are faced with decisions on a minute to minute basis in our lives, we just don’t think about applying an ethical analysis to them constantly.
We tend to base many of our decisions on a convenience basis according to how the outcomes fit into our agendas and previous decisions. We all establish agendas of health, family, finance, social connections, religion, politics, and many other categories. These agendas serve us *LIKE* moral frameworks in that they establish some criteria for decision making without detailed analysis.
For example: in the health category, we may decide to cut back on carbs or alcohol, or to increase our exercise and activity level. Or in the religion category, we may decide that we should attend church services every Sunday, or only on major holidays like Christmas and Easter.
The criteria that establish our agendas may or may not be based on an ethical analysis or moral framework. They also may simply serve convenience or personal desires. When that is the case, our agendas probably don’t serve us wisely and we should consider re-framing them with an ethical analysis of what is the best or most right thing to do.