Social ethics form an infrastructure for us to live as a society. Religion, charity, morality, and family values are all tools used to define standards of behavior in our society. Morals are seen by many as an infrastructure on which a community depends. Immoral behavior is seen as a threat to the community. More than anything it is a sense of social responsibility and public opinion that define them for us all.
Social ethics are defined by societal and cultural norms. Religion plays a big role in certain societies. The concept of charity to others and morality within one's actions are important to many, especially those who subscribe to family values as a vehicle for their morals.
Social ethics are a religion to some and a mystery to others. Charity and morality are certainly part of a societal fabric, and many claim family values and the morals espoused within them are what a society should subscribe to.
Social ethics vary in different parts of the world. The affect of religion on social norms also varies, but charity and morality remain key components of societal infrastructure. Immoral behavior will always take place, but social responsibility and the power of public opinion combine to make social ethics an important part of everyday life.