Write your Professional Ethics Statement which should be completed after reflection on which values of the Four Ethical Lenses. Reflect on the dilemmas you may be faced with in your professional life and assess what are the most important values to you in your professional life. Create a professional ethics statement to guide your professional life.Please refer to the PDF in order to gauge the ethic statement and what dilemmas I may have. 500 words
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Ethical Lens Inventory
Your preferred ethical lens is: Responsibilities Lens
Mild Rationality and Mild Autonomy (MRMA)
You use your personal reasoning skills (rationality) to determine the principles by which you will live (autonomy).
Your Primary Values show how you prioritize the tension
between rationality and sensibility as well as autonomy and
Your primary values are Rationality and Autonomy
You mildly prioritize the value of rationality (MR)—following your head—over sensibility—following your heart. As an MR, your
commitment to careful thinking is informed by your emotions as you seek the truth. You frame the narrative of your life in terms of being
self-aware and striving to apply universal principles to every facet of your life.
You mildly prioritize the value of autonomy (MA)—respecting the individual—over equality—giving priority to the group. As an MA, you
want to choose your own path and truth but your choices are informed by the opinions of others and the general community
expectations about what constitutes a “principled life.” You defend the right of every human to choose how they will live into their full
potential as they seek
Pay attention to your beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.
The first step to ethical agility and maturity is to carefully read the description of your own ethical lens. While you may resonate with
elements of other lenses, when you are under stress or pressure, you’ll begin your ethical analysis from your home lens. So, becoming
familiar with both the gifts and the blind spots of your lens is useful. For more information about how to think about ethics as well as
hints for interpreting your results, look at the information under the ELI Essentials and Exploring the ELI on the menu bar.
Understanding Your Ethical Lens
Over the course of history, four different ethical perspectives, which we call the Four Ethical Lenses, have guided people in making
ethical decisions. Each of us has an inherited bias towards community that intersects with our earliest socialization. As we make
sense of our world, we develop an approach to ethics that becomes our ethical instinct—our gut reaction to value conflicts. The
questions you answered were designed to determine your instinctual approach to your values preferences. These preferences
determine your placement on the Ethical Lens Inventory grid, seen on the right side of this page.
The dot on the grid shows which ethical lens you prefer and how strong that preference is. Those who land on or close to the center
point do not have a strong preference for any ethical lens and may instead resonate with an approach to ethics that is concerned with
living authentically in the world rather than one that privileges one set of values over another.
Each of the paragraphs below describes an ethical trait—a personal characteristic or quality that defines how you begin to approach
ethical problems. For each of the categories, the trait describes the values you believe are the most important as well as the reasons
you give for why you make particular ethical decisions.
To see how other people might look at the world differently, read the descriptions of the different ethical lenses under the tab Ethical
Lenses on the menu bar. The “Overview of the Four Ethical Lenses” can be printed to give you a quick reference document. Finally,
you can compare and contrast each ethical trait by reading the description of the trait found under the Traits menu. Comparing the
traits of your perspective to others helps you understand how people might emphasize different values and approach ethical dilemmas
As you read your ethical profile and study the different approaches, you’ll have a better sense of what we mean when we use the word
“ethics.” You’ll also have some insight into how human beings determine what actions are—or are not—ethical.
The Snapshot gives you a quick overview of your ethical
Your snapshot shows you living responsibly into your principles.
This ethical lens is called the Responsibilities Lens because people with this focus value having the right to choose how to responsibly
live into their principles—even if other people don’t always agree with them. They care primarily about living into their own core
principles, the Truth as they see it.
The Responsibilities Lens represents the family of ethical theories known as deontology, where you consider your principles—and the
duties that come from those principles—to help you determine what is ethical.
Your Ethical Path is the method you use to become ethically
aware and mature.
Your ethical path is the Path of the Thinker.
On the ethical Path of the Thinker, you use your reason to identify the principles—the foundational rules—that you believe are worthy of
adoption and will lead you to the Truth. As a human being, you have the privilege of choosing how best to live your life. Your preference
is determining for yourself the principles that you believe are the most important. Then you determine how your actions can be true to
your guiding principles.
As you walk the Path of the Thinker, you moderate your quest for the truth with considering also what is good. In the process, you trust
that the world will make sense as you ground your principles in human dignity and the right of every person to use their reason to
determine how best to live as a member of the community.
Your Vantage Point describes the overall perspective you
take to determine what behaviors best reflect your values.
The icon that represents your preferred vantage point is a telescope.
Just as a telescope helps you see the farthest points on your journey and gathers all of the available light to help you see long
distances, the Responsibilities Lens helps you take a long view and identify the ideal principles that are important for human beings.
Your Ethical Self is the persona the theorists invite you to
take on as you resolve the ethical problem.
Your ethical self is a universal rational self, outside of a particular place or time,
seeking ideal principles that apply to everyone.
Using the telescope of the Responsibilities Lens, you think of yourself as a rational person who has no particular identity and does not
consider the specifics of the situation, including your own preferences. Your principles—such as “do no harm”—provide guidance, but
you give some weight to your prior experience in determining which duties to follow.
Because you believe that everyone has the right to use their own reason to follow their own truth, you give others measured freedom to
live into their identified universal principles. You also trust that each person will make their own decisions based on agreed-upon
principles so power will not be abused by either individuals or the community as a whole and everyone’s rights as a human person will
Your Classical Virtue is the one of the four virtues
identified by Greek philosophers you find the most
important to embody.
Your classical virtue is Prudence—making wise decisions in everyday affairs.
As you seek ethical maturity, you know you should embrace prudence, making wise choices within a specific context and are able to
listen to your heart and have empathy for those affected by your decision.
Noticing the problems caused by pride and anger, you moderate your principles to ensure your actions make sense within a given
context. You also strive to control your self-righteousness through developing empathy for others.
Your Key Phrase is the statement you use to describe your
Your key phrase is “I am responsible.”
You moderately value personal autonomy and rely on your capacity for reason and critical thinking even while considering your feelings
about the situation. Thus, while you value the opinions of others, you still want to make up your own mind. Having chosen, you take
responsibility for your actions—and expect others to do the same. And, as you seek meaning in life by living into your principles and
embracing your duties, you find that you delight in your work and it provides great satisfaction.
Using the Responsibilities Lens
By prioritizing rationality and autonomy, the Responsibilities Lens provides a unique perspective on what specific actions count as
being ethical. This lens also has its own process for resolving ethical dilemmas. As you translate your overarching values into actions
—applied ethics—each perspective provides a particular nuance on what counts as ethical behavior. This next section describes how
you can use the Responsibilities Lens to resolve an ethical dilemma.
Deciding what is Ethical is the statement that describes
your preferred method for defining what behaviors and
actions are ethical.
You decide what action is ethical by identifying the overarching principles by
which you will live.
With a mild preference for rationality, you use your reason and vision to help determine the principles by which you will live. You
believe that an action is ethical if it fulfills your responsibilities as an ethical actor who is a member of the community, is done with care
and concern for the other person, and contributes to you delighting in your work and activities.
Your Ethical Task is the process you prefer to use to
resolve ethical dilemmas.
Your ethical task is to identify the principles that guide appropriate action.
Your primary focus is seeking the Truth. As you gaze through this lens, you follow your head—reason—to choose the principles, the
ethical norms, that you believe are worthy of adopting. You have faith that those who also seek the truth will find the same principles.
You also believe that each person has the privilege of engaging in the search and defining for themselves what a meaningful life
entails while considering the expectations of others.
Your Analytical Tool is your preferred method for critically
thinking about ethical dilemmas.
Your preferred analytical tool is reason.
You determine what is true by using primarily reason but also emotion. You begin with an assessment of current knowledge as well as
your feelings about the subject. Then you use your own reason and emotion, informed by the thoughts and conclusions of those you
respect, to work through an ethical dilemma.
You value self-management and can self-soothe when faced with the inevitable storms of life, even if you are working with others who
may not share your sense of duty or understand your motives.
Your Foundational Question helps you determine your
Your foundational question is “What are my reasons for this choice?”
As you ask, “What are my reasons for this choice?” you take time to identify your principles, examine your motives, and determine
what agreements with others you should keep. Any path forward must meet the ethical minimum of having your motives for acting be
those you are willing to hold in every similar situation. You give yourself and others a measured amount of freedom, moderated by
community expectations, to identify the principles and reasons for any particular ethical act.
Your Aspirational Question helps you become more
Your aspirational question is “What is a caring response?”
As you expand your perspective to include others, you begin considering what motives for action others might find acceptable. You
ask, “Am I willing for others to have the same motives when deciding how to treat me?” Asking this question allows you to pause and
see the humanity of the other person, reducing your chances of being brusque and judgmental.
And then, as your perspective shifts to include all people and seek a greater purpose in life than only caring for yourself, you begin to
moderate your mild preference for rationality and autonomy as you ask, “What actions will help me act with integrity and support living
into my ideal vision?” Asking this question allows you to develop perspective instead of pettiness as you reflect on the meaning and
purpose of your life.
Your Justification for Acting is the reason you give yourself
and others to explain your choice.
Your justification for acting is “I was being principled and following the rules!”
You like to explain your choices by announcing that you have thoughtfully considered your ethical obligations. As long as you live within
the spirit of your core ethical principles, you believe that you have met your obligations.
At your best, you responsibly embrace adulthood, cheerfully meeting the shared responsibilities of a fully engaged member of the
community. You know that you have many options for action, even after you have eliminated actions that you consider wrong or that
don’t reflect your principles.
Strengths of the Responsibilities Lens
The ethical perspective of the Responsibilities Lens has been used by many over thousands of years to provide a personal map
toward ethical action and personal fulfillment. Striving to be consistent as you follow clear principles is an effective strategy for
managing desires, finding meaning in your life, and getting along well with others.
Your Gift is the insight you provide yourself and others as
we seek to be ethical.
Your gift is self-knowledge.
Because you have researched every situation and considered your experience, you bring the gift of autonomy and responsibility to
your community as you discern what action is appropriate. As you gain ethical maturity, you develop the gift of empathy, tempering
your actions with caring. As you grow in self-knowledge and gently come to terms with your own and others’ imperfections, you learn to
live in the present. The strength of your convictions and the support of allies in the community gives you the ethical courage needed to
act in a meaningful way.
Your Contemporary Value is the current ethical value you
most clearly embody.
Your contemporary value is to seek the truth.
You are committed to live into the timeless universal principles that allow you to use those ideals to become the best person you can
be. That commitment, however, only mildly privileges autonomy—the right of people to determine for themselves what is “true,” while
also considering the community. You trust that people will take the opportunity to look for the truth behind their actions as each is
encouraged to live from a position of integrity.
As you move from private action to public policy, you begin to moderate your own understanding of the truth to consider the knowledge
and principles of others. As you consider others, you find a principle-based approach to ethics useful, carefully assessing which
commonly held principles will allow others to develop trust in you. At your best, you are self-disciplined and keep your promises. In the
process, you live a consistent life, grounded in principles informed by your experience and personal goals.
Your Secondary Values are those that logically flow from
your primary values.
As you harmonize autonomy and rationality, your secondary values focus on
choosing consistent actions to support a meaningful life.
Your journey on the Path of the Thinker involves moderately embracing consistency and authenticity. You promote life and safety,
making sure that people do not have their lives unknowingly endangered. You practice truthfulness as you believe that people have a
right to not be intentionally deceived by others. Finally, you respect privacy, as you tend to support people having the right to do
whatever they choose in their private lives as long as others are not harmed.
Challenges of the Responsibilities Lens
One of the greatest challenges of the Responsibilities Lens is recognizing that you can never be perfectly rational because, as a
human, you regularly make decisions that are inconsistent with your stated beliefs and preferences. With a mild preference for
rationality and autonomy (MRMA), you are somewhat vulnerable to the ethical blind spots of the Responsibilities Lens that come from
relying on your own reason and experience as you define an authentic life.
Using the telescope of the Responsibilities Lens to see where you are not living into your own ideals helps you avoid ethical blind
spots that come from a lack of self-knowledge.
Your Blind Spot is the place you are not ethically aware and
so may unintentionally make an ethical misstep.
Your blind spot is the belief that motive justifies the method.
Having tested your reasons for acting against your own experience, you begin to believe that your carefully reasoned motives justify
your method for accomplishing your goals. Trusting that your actions are flowing from universal principles, you give a nod to other
people’s responses to your beliefs or your actions. With limited empathy, you may forget to test your action against the very real
consequences that will cause people upset and pain.
Even though you are aware of the emotional climate of the situation, you may downplay the signals that you receive from others that
you are being overbearing. Finally, trying to meet the requirements of every principle, you may become legalistic and then take on
more and more responsibility as you fail to reflect on the meaning and purpose behind your activities.
Your Risk is where you may be overbearing by expecting
that people think just like you.
Your risk is being autocratic, or in common terms, bossy.
Believing you know what is right based on your reason and experience, you are puzzled when others don’t agree with your definition of
duty. Without the humility of noticing that you may not always be right, you run the risk of becoming autocratic as you adopt a “my way
or the highway” approach to ethical decision making.
Because the principles you live by are universal and self-evident, you expect everyone to make the same choices as you judge
whether they have measured up to your ethical standards.
Your Double Standard is the rationalization you use to
justify unethical actions.
Your double standard is excusing yourself from following the rules.
Humans are skilled at deflecting blame if caught being unethical—taking actions that do not live into their own stated principles and
thus eroding trust in the community. As you view the world through the Responsibilities Lens, you notice when others fail to adhere to
When tempted to be unethical, your ethical spin will often be excuses—giving reasons that you believe justify failing to live into your
own values. You may insist that you are being true to your core principles—even when a reasonable person can see that you are not
being your best ethical self. You will convince yourself that the rules were meant for other people, or that the action you took really did
meet your responsibilities—even though your ethical self tells you otherwise.
Your Vice is the quality of being that could result in you
being intentionally or carelessly lured into unethical action.
Your vice could be allowing pride and vanity to make you judgmental and
While unethical action can come from being unaware, humans also have moral flaws that, if not acknowledged, may turn unethical
choices into habits. Because you mildly prefer rationality, you are susceptible to twinges of the vices of pride and vanity. Without
awareness and reflection, you can become judgmental and legalistic, certain that you are better than others.
With a mild preference for autonomy, you may be susceptible to the vices of anger and untrustworthiness. Without self-knowledge,
humility, and compassion, you can become rigid in your own definition of the truth, quick to label others as unethical if they are not
fulfilling their duties—as defined by you.
Your Crisis is the circumstance that causes you to stop and
evaluate your ethical choices.
Your crisis could be precipitated when you become exhausted.
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