Law vs. Ethics

Laws and Ethics are guidelines and regulations. Both relate to each other but are also different from each other. Ethics are the moral values and principles that are adapted socially from the surrounding.

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Law vs. Ethics

Laws are the rules and regulations that are set by the authorities or government and are must to be followed otherwise penalties and punishments may be the consequences.  Disobeying laws may get you in penalties, fine or punishment but there are no penalties, fine or punishment for not obeying ethics. Laws are made by the competent authorities based upon the ethics of the society and other demands. Both laws and ethics may conflict with each other. Both of them are important from maintaining peace and stability in a society.

What is Law?

Laws are the rules and regulations that are set by the authorities or government and are must to be followed otherwise penalties and punishments may be the consequences. Laws are the code of conduct for the people in a specific area. Laws explain and illustrate people for what is allowed to do and what is not allowed to do. Laws can be made and change by authorities according to demand and need for maintaining specific condition in society. Laws are must for any country, workplace or even for a forest.

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What is Ethics?

Ethics are the moral values and principles that are adapted socially from the surrounding. Ethics fto0are the beliefs for wrong and right in the society characterized by the social and moral actions of the people. Ethics vary slowly with time depending upon the new inventions, ideas and information. Ethics may vary from nation to nation, from culture to culture and from country to country. There is not any kind of penalty, fine or punishment for not obeying ethics. Ethics relates to one’s self-respect depending upon his conscience and self-worth.

Key Differences

The key differences between Law and Ethics are given below:

  1. Ethics are the moral values and principles that are adapted socially from the surrounding while Laws are the rules and regulations that are set by the authorities or government and are must to be followed otherwise penalties and punishments may be the consequences.
  2. Disobeying laws may get you in penalties, fine or punishment but there are no penalties, fine or punishment for not obeying ethics.
  3. Laws are made by the competent authorities based upon the ethics of the society and other demands.
  4. Laws are must to be obeyed by everyone but ethics are the values considered to be a positive attitude to follow them.
  5. Ethics vary slowly with time depending upon the new inventions, ideas and information while laws can be made and change by authorities according to demand and need for maintaining specific condition in the society.
  6. Ethics are made from the moral values of oneself or from society and laws are made with ethics as a guiding principle.
  7. Ethics vary from area to area but laws vary from state to state.
  8. Laws are the same for everyone in a country but ethics may vary from one city to another.
  9. Religion has a direct impact on ethics. It may or may not affect the laws of an area or country.
  10. Driving the within speed limits with desire that no one should get an accident or disturbed comes in ethics while driving the car within speed limits due to getting safe from fine by traffic police is obeying of laws.
  11. Offering “Salam” when meeting someone is ethical but in army, you must have to salute your senior as it is a law in the army.
  12. Sometimes laws may allow you to do something, means that is legal to do but your ethics may not let you do that.
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