Is there such a thing as “situational” ethics?

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me: “doesn’t the situation determine the ethics?
I was stunned! So here’s a definition that I found on situational ethics.
Situational ethics = a system of ethics in which moral judgments are thought to depend on the context in which they are to be made, rather than on general moral principles.
Do moral/ethical judgments depend on the context? I choose to believe that that each situation does not dictate the ethics, but rather gives one the opportunity to find a way to make values relevant in that situation.
It’s like every great teacher in history. You name them, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Jesus, Buddha, etc. They didn’t dilute the values/morals/ ethics of their message, rather they found ways to make them applicable in the hearers’ experience.
Isn’t this what ethics and ethics training is all about? Not find ways to “tweek” them to make them fit a certain situation. Isn’t this what is referred to as rationalization? Isn’t this self-justification?
We need to be very careful here, on a number of levels. For example, what does your ethics training promote, subjective or objective ethics? Subjective/situational ethics is a powder keg that could blow up in your face.
Which does your ethics training promote, whether consciously or subconsciously?

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