It’s 9pm – Do you know where your Conscience is?
Most everyone has been witness to a movie or commercial that made reference to “that little voice inside your head”. Yes, that internal moral compass everyone has that guides and influences decision-making related to nearly every thought we create.
But, what exactly is a conscience? We can define it, discuss it and analyze it, however, invisible and elusive it may be. The plain truth of the matter is that it’s just there. Without it, there would be no remorse, regret or contrition.
I view it as the traffic lights at many intersections in that ‘the light’ sends us messages that we interpret as safe (green), caution (yellow) and danger (red). In much the same way, our conscience communicates with our brain to let it know whether some thought we have or decision to make is safe, requires caution or should not be made.
The important question to be asked is, “Are you consciously aware of your conscience at all times?” or worded another way, “Do you read your conscience like a map and use it like a compass when you have more important decisions to make?”
The ability to distinguish right and wrong, the difference between them and the consequences of alternative decisions is the essence of a conscience. Indeed, it is what makes us unique and special spiritual beings, and children of God.
Intertwined with your conscience is your free will and the associated ability to make choices, or empirically, decisions. And inasmuch as a portion of your judgment is admittedly learned from your environment, parents, etc., the bottom line is that you are responsible for the decisions you make.
Below is a brief clip from “The Messenger” a movie starring Dustin Hoffman as the conscience of Joan of Arc:
At the end of the day, each of us must reconcile our decisions with our conscience. If they align well, we are happier individuals, content with our decisions and resulting actions. If they are out of alignment, stress results. Accordingly, the best way to be happy is to ensure your thoughts, actions and behaviors align with your core values or morals.
Listening to that little voice is a surefire approach to well-being, inner peace and the pursuit of happiness. Be well.
- The Power of Conscience (probings.wordpress.com)
- Reflections on Conscience (kerstenbeckphotoart.wordpress.com)
- Cleansing the Conscience (scottstimson.com)
- What Is Moral Conscience? (insightscoop.typepad.com)