Ethics and Human Development

Humans are not naturally ethical; bur they behave more ethically with human development. Man behaves naturally, and under human development, he behaves less morally and more ethically.

And how ethical human behaviour is depends on two things: personal development and human development. Personal development, in general, is a process of internalisation of values, judgement and thought; and morally, is a transition from what we should ought to do, to what is the best thing to do (see human ontogeny). And human development is the combination of -collective- personal development and social development (socioeconomic, cultural and institutional)(see human development). The ethics of human behaviour ranges from the spectrum of low personal and human development to high personal and human development. For example, low social development is characterised by economic and political instability, insecurity, injustice, low levels of trust, etc. Personal development under low human development, where survival values dominate, results in more egocentric and unethical forms of behaviour (what is the best thing for myself regardless others and the environment, e.g. high levels of crime, corruption and environmental destruction). On the other hand, personal development under high human development, where material needs are satisfied and where there is security, stability, etc., results in more ethical forms of behaviour (what is the best thing for myself, others and the environment).

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