Ethics is a code of action.
It is a guide to living.
It determines which actions one should take based on a standard of value.
To be successful at promoting one's life, ethics must be rational and objective.
It must hold your own life is the standard of value, or it will destroy you.
There are many ethical systems that are evil.
They are destructive of one's life, and the degree to which they are practiced is the degree to which life is made
difficult or impossible.
Since these evil systems lead to death, they are usually compromised when the impact on one's life is too great.
The compromise is often justified as holding two standards at the same time,
without understanding why that is impossible.
The Ethics of Intentions
Morality as a limit on action
(This page mirrored from Importance of Philosophy.com)