Morality is contextual not absolute

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People like to think they have a sense of right or wrong. And they do, according to research from the University of Oregon. However that moral sense, they find, is highly contextual—in other words humans find one thing wrong when they are in one job—say an engineer or a lawyer—and morally OK when the same person is a CEO or a managing partner. The study is just the latest in showing that just about everything about our views, or philosophy, our moral compass is influenced by the context we find ourselves in. That context can be our job, the organization we work in, the country we live in, our health or the state of nature around us.

Source: http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2012/may/wearing-two-different-hats-moral-decisions-may-depend-situation