Ethics and Morality
Our ethics is a function of our morality. And our morality is a function of our ethics. Ethics speaks to the principles we believe in and morality speaks to the values we practice. By nature we can be kind and altruistic beyond belief. At the drop of a hat, we can suddenly become mean spirited and vindictive. In the long run we think of ways to better the world. In the short run we often only think of ourselves and looking out for Number One.
The ethical coach works towards a consistent righteousness. We can be kinder than any other living being. We can also be more cruel and mean-spirited than any other living being. Long-term, we tend to look toward the welfare of others. Short-term, however, we often think only about the welfare of Number One. Therefore, on a day-to-day basis, our moral righteousness is a moving target. There is tension between doing the right thing (ethics) and doing what is right (morals). The Good News is that you are not alone. Christ said he would help us:
Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat—I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? (Luke 9:23-25, The Message)