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Right or Wrong, Our Conscience
Which path to take is right and wrong but a different sort.
What is a conscience?
Let us look at why we call things right and wrong. Why we say that is the conscience and if it really is important or a waste of time. This may be one area where theists and atheists can agree that they know to little to argue about conscience. Wouldn't that be special.
Conscience really is a term we use often but do not stop to think about or define. As will be seen professionals try to classify it and common folk do not get too deep into it. It really is a philosophical and theological concept at it's best.
Medically speaking it comes from the area of psychiatry known as psychoanalysis and is that part of the superego that transmits commands and admonitions to the ego. And in common parlance it is the part of the mind that makes you aware of your actions as being either morally right or wrong. (Merriam-Webster)
If it were located it would be in the center of your mind/brain. It would be like the hub of all hubs directing many portions of the brain and receiving input from many portions.
Notice that our concept suggests it is what makes us aware of right and wrong. Not necessarily controlling or adapting our actions according to right and wrong. That simply is not the case. Knowing and doing are in fact very separate animals. A man in anger who hits another may or may not be acting right or wrong even according to his conscience.
How about you? Do you conform your conduct to what your conscience perceives as right or wrong? Maybe you do but you do not even know it or maybe you do not and would like to change.
This song suggests some kind of guilty conscience.
Do you care about right and wrong?
Do you conform your conduct to what you believe is right?
End of the day brings reflection and time to think about what we have done.
"Morally" is not a scary crazy subject.
You already act morally the question that is in front of us is whether or not you consciously act morally right or wrong. I think we can rest assured that most of our actions are morally right. In that most actions do not even take on a moral question it becomes easy to do the right thing most of the time. But it is just as fair to say that most of us do not weigh right and wrong in a moral sense even when faced with moral questions and we probably should.
Someone sitting next to you in public drops 100 dollars and you see it and he is leaving. It is an easy moral question: Should you pick up the 100 dollars and give it to him or not? The answer is also easy. Yes. If you internally debate this question you have an active healthy conscience. If you decide to keep the money you have a bad conscience and if you give it to him you have a good conscience. That is not hard and not debatable by healthy moral people. We assume you have a good conscience.
Living large in the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Inner debate and group conscience
The great depiction of the devil on one shoulder and the angel on the other having and argument and trying to get the poor fellow to act one way or the other. It can be hilarious. Those illustrate our inner battles that go on in our mind. Greed, anger, avarice and selfishness fuel the devil and love and affection and happiness and good fuel the angel. It is the point of this article that we allow for such a debate and are cognitive of that debate. Normally we will be angels.
The same is true of our social structures. If we give room and space and time for the debate to be had between good and evil and right and wrong then history bears out that right and good usually triumph. Squash the debate and bad things happen. Get a crazy dictator who stifles the discussion and votes with greed and a power hungry maniacal bent and you have things like genocide. The same can be said for many minds.
A psychopath is someone with his conscience turned off, more particularly someone who has a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior. So we can see that the conscience is what equips us to be social animals in a civilized manner.
Can we say that morality is as simple as saying "screw you" verses saying "have a nice day" (of course the intent and inflection must be present in both or either one can mean the reverse ;-)
We teach early to learn the right and wrong!
A message for you.
If you just read this article all the way through. You are a friend. Thank you. You probably already do all the good things mentioned here. Perhaps now you can put them in a frame work that works for you to more easily decipher.
We have seen good men and women create that hell on earth by hearing the right and the good but choosing the wrong and the bad. Don't go there please. But if you fall that way know that you can come back, do not stay away long, come back home. We will leave the tsk tsk and judgment to the censors and blue haired ladies. In my home a fall is just another reason to get back up and you are welcome here.
Right or Wrong?
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