I need help! I have a 1500 word essay for HUMN 330 due on Sunday. I have attached the guidelines for this assignment. Your paper must have an APA-formatted title page. The paper should be at least 1500 words in length (not including the cover page and references). It should be grammatically sound and free of spelling errors. You must integrate the ethical theories discussed in the readings and class as they relate goal of this assignment. Be sure to include in-text citations and a reference page for this material. Outside sources are not required, but any use of such material should be cited.1
HUMN 330 Values and Ethics
Personal Reflection on Values and Ethics
Erik Erikson, one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the 20th century, proposed an eight-
stage theory of growth as a model for how we live, think, learn and change throughout our
lifetimes. What we value, our character and psyche are determined as a result of the
developmental tasks we face in each stage. For more information on his stages see:
Erikson’s last stage is sometimes referred to as late adulthood, maturity, or old age (Erikson’s
term is Ego Integrity vs. Despair), and begins around the age of 60 or when we typically retire.
According to his theory, during this final stage of life we take a deep inventory of our lives and
our sense of usefulness. The basic question most people grapple with at this stage is: did our
life have meaning? However, we do not need to wait until the latter part of our life to answer this
question. We can do it now!
Some people become preoccupied with the past, their failures, regrets, and the bad decisions
they made, knowing they do not have the time or the vigor to reverse how they lived and treated
others. Sometimes this results in people becoming depressed, vindictive, resentful and spiteful
in old age. They often wish that they had lived a life that was different, more positive and had
deeper meaning. Conversely, others look back and accept the choices they made, realizing they
did their best given the choices they had and the circumstances they faced. If you were dying
now, into which category would you place yourself?
While most of us are not dying, we do know that we are not guaranteed a tomorrow. In fact, we
cannot even be sure we will live through the day. Yet, in the face of the one certainty in life we
all share—that everything outside of the imminent moments in which we live and breathe—
Western society continues to deny the presence and possibilities of death. This is true even
when we are directly confronted with it—witness, for example, the lengths to which we will go to
live longer even when those measures vastly deteriorate the quality of our lives. Rather, as the
essential, defining element of life itself, death should be embraced as a means of learning how
to live a full and truly meaningful life. So, perhaps now is a good time to reflect and take an
inventory of how we have lived.
Our personal values, morals and ethical code serve as a basis for distinguishing between right
and wrong, and thereby have a direct effect upon our thoughts, behavior and emotions. Of
course our family, upbringing, peers, and education play a critical role in the development of our
core values and ethics as well, but as you learned in this course, there are many other variables
that shape our character and values.
The objective of this assignment is for you to relate the material from the textbook
readings and course discussions to the experiences in your life so that you can assess
As we reflect on acknowledging our mortality, can we start to bring a greater
meaning to our lives while still living? We can if we are honest with ourselves and take the time
to do so.
So, how do we go about determining what our values and ethics are? Perhaps the best
approach is to start with developing a statement that encompasses an overall picture of your
values and ethics. This opening part of your paper needs to be general in nature and should