The higher the caste status, more the social obligation was the rule. Ethicalvalues of each caste were followed by generations together.
Ethics in Politics:
Ethics in Kautilya’s Arthasastra speaks about cutting a decayed finger for the benefit of an individual, abjuration of a child for the family welfare, similarlysacrificing a village for welfare of the home country.
Ethics in Life:
Human life is divided into four stages, childhood, youth (Brahmacharya),married life (Samsara), and old age (Sanyasa). Each of these stages has their own principles and values to be followed. An ethical value of married lifecannot be an ethical value for Old age.
Ethics in War:
Lord Krishna in Bhagvad Gita, enlightens Arjuna by saying, “Hey Arjuna, donot get confused or perplexed by seeing your brothers and relatives on theopposite side. This war is for dharma and your job is to kill the enemy that issupporting Adharma.”Epic and literature like Bhagvad Gita & Arthasastra are mere examples of earlier existence of ethics and values.
Ethics in the present world:Ethics and values in Today’s General Scenario
As said before, Ethics today too plays an important role in every ones life, be itan individual, corporate segment, Business, Politics, sports, e.t.cTime has come when most of them speak about culture, policies, the right wayto do things, and in the process, ethics or values take a beating quite often. Fewof them correct themselves based on experiences and few do not care about it.Ethical values have changed and redefined by individuals with the renaissancein social values, culture, and upsurge of glamour and fashion.