Ethical Consistency
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Why do you eat animals?
You have given a reason. Let's label this, 'Reason A'.You have used 'Reason A' to justify your action. In this case, your action is 'eating animals'. You believe that eating animals is morally acceptable, based on 'Reason A'.If someone else used 'Reason A' to justify one of their actions, would you also find it morally acceptable?If you find Mark's actions morally acceptable, you are consistent in your ethics. If you do not find Mark's actions morally acceptable, you are inconsistent in your ethics. Ethics requires consistency in the sense that our moral standards, actions, and values should not be contradictory. Examining our lives to uncover inconsistencies and then modifying our moral standards and behaviors so that they are consistent is an important part of moral development.
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This question can be replaced with any 'immoral' or 'moral' action.Example: 'Reason A' could be, "because I like the taste" Example: "Mark eats puppies, because he likes the taste"If you are being inconsistent, you would have to explain why you are okay using 'Reason A' to justify your actions, but not okay with Mark using 'Reason A' to justify his actions.https://www.scu.edu/ethics/ethics-resources/ethical-decision-making/consistency-and-ethics/
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You can also replace 'puppies' with any other form of sentient life, to see if you're justification remains consistent. See Example #2
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Example #2 : "Mark eats young children, because he likes the taste"
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