"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do" - Potter Stewart.
Since the day we are born, we are taught about what is right and what is wrong, because of which we develop a sense on how to differentiate between what is acceptable and what is not. It shapes our personality and character. We set rules and regulations for ourselves based on experience and beliefs. These form our ethics. The basic definition of ethics is- "Moral principles that govern a person's behavior or the conducting of an activity." Ethical values are highly subjective since they depend on individual perception. A powerful value system provides guidance on how to lead your life in a specific manner. .
Coming from a convent school we received moral education for 14 years. At that young age I could not realize it's importance, but today I feel it has played an important role in building my character. Raised in a Jain family, learning about my religion helped me create a strong value system. I believe in "Ahinsa" that is non-violence in all forms. I try to avoid causing harm to other beings around me. Killing animals for your own selfish motive is against my value and thereby I strictly keep away from Non- vegetarian food. Moreover, being honest, compassionate, will to sacrifice and having empathy are some of my key principles of life. Religion played an important role in setting my values so today it is no more about the "rules" of the religion, but it is the way I am.
In today's world each and every person has to work hard in their respective field. One thing a person should not forget while working is his/her ethics. Ethics play an important role in any field. It's the balance between the heart and the mind. It's up to each person to give more importance to the heart or to the brain. Ethics are our values and principles that we have learnt throughout our life.