Every society and culture has different ways of interpreting and defining ethics development, understanding, and application by the way their own culture or society norms. According to the Webster's Dictionary ethics is defined as the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation. A society's culture, consists of whatever it is one has to know or believe in order to operate in a manner acceptable to its members. The rituals, customs, ethics and morals that are attributed to the cultures have caused these differences. To understand how the people of one culture interpret a situation or event, an individual must evaluate the attributes that a certain culture has. Heroism and defiance are two concepts that are easily misinterpreted depending on a particular culture's ideals. Since cultures have different attributes it is difficult for two cultures to exist and share the same view of a situation or event. .
The difference between ethics and moral, beliefs, or values are very similar yet different in many ways. Ethics is very unique to every individual and can easily change. Values are learned behaviors with increased education and maturity. Morals are generally internal judgments versus community ethics. Finally, beliefs are things we believe to be true to us as individuals. Ethics, morals, beliefs, and values are all supportive and compliment on each other when associated with people. Everyone's values are constantly changing with their distinctive daily & life experiences. Ultimately, each individual will be the judge of what is right versus wrong in their ethical decision making process. The individual's ability to value and benefit from the use of ethics is based solely on his or her learned values. If the individual is willing to be totally and utterly honest and follow the established rules and laws, our current judicial system would simply vanish.