Whats the difference between Morals and Ethics? Watch
Well I've always believed that morals are more personal, more guided by the individuals perception to make a decision whereas ethics are usually societies interpretations on what an individual should be doing.
I think a person's ethics is generally what gives rise to what their morals are.
i.e. a person's general blueprint for how to be gives rise to the particular situations that they suggest is a beneficial way to act.
Perhaps it could be argued that morals are the pithier catchphrase of what ethics lays down.
Ethics might be 'Never harm anyone'.
Moral might be 'Treat others as you would would treat yourself'. (masochists not included).
Sounds very much the same when I put it like that though...
That's one example, hard to explain.
Ethics are a series of rules given to an individual by an external place. Society says that it is the right thing to do, whereas with morals, we tell ourselves individually whether it is the right thing or wrong thing to do. Ethics may come from things like your own profession.