Ethical vs Moral

Yesterday on Skype I was talking with my friend Jamie about the words morality and ethics. I have used the terms interchangeably as long as I can remember. However my friend Jamie thinks that morality has a reputation of being a religious term while ethics tends to be more secular.

Here are some definitions from the WordWeb dictionary.


Concerned with principles of right and wrong or conforming to standards of behavior and character based on those principles


1. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong


1. Concern with the distinction between good and evil or right and wrong; right or good conduct

2. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong


1. The principles of right and wrong that are accepted by an individual or a social group

2. A system of principles governing morality and acceptable conduct


1. Motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

2. The philosophical study of moral values and rules


1. Of or relating to the philosophical study of ethics

2. Conforming to accepted standards of social or professional behavior

3. Adhering to ethical and moral principles

It would appear that these words overlap so much and give some of the exact same definitions. So while I don’t think there is any serious different in meaning, I would like to ask people who read this whether or not the two words have different meanings to them.

New Podcast Series

Hey people. I’m not sure how many follow my blog but if you do, you’ll notice I haven’t been writing much. I’d been doing a lot of podcasting however.

And I’d like to announce a new podcast which I am doing with Monique Lukens. It’s focused on the lifestyle of veganism and celibacy. Guests are welcome to join us if interested. Here are descriptions and links of the first two episodes. The current plan is to publish a new one each month.

Celibate Vegan Compadres 1. Chandler and Monique on Asexuality, Celibacy, and Veganism

This is a conversation I had on Skype with Monique Lukens.

I had misunderstood the thing about the Coast to Coast thing. What I was going to record was Monique’s meetup. However, the others were not interested and so basically it turned into the two of us talking. However it was a very good talk. We talked about asexuality, celibacy, and a lot of other strange things.

The only real problem is the noise where Monique was at and the call was dropped a few times and we had to restart. In any case I think it’s still a really good talk that shows things from the perspective of two asexuals and how they see sexuality in the culture.

Celibate Vegan Compadres 2. People Don’t Understand Us

Chandler Klebs and Monique Lukens are a minority within a minority. They talk about their experiences with people who misunderstand them both in the context of being asexuals who want to remain celibate and being vegan in a world filled with carnists. The audio of this episode was a lot better than the previous one because Monique was in a quieter place with less noise.