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Can we also say that morals are beliefs while ethics are more closely associated with behavior?
I agree - might as well say so right now.
I believe morals to be more important.
You're saying ethics is just what is expected among a group of people.
I think so, too.
So I think it would be more important that people have strong moral convictions.
But, take away personal morality or even the ability have morality, and you really could care less about ethics, see psychopaths. They may pretend to be moral/ethical, but they really could care less except as it lets them pretend to fit into larger society and manipulate others.
*Note I am not responding directly to the OP, but to the discussion as presented which interests me.