There are so many vague words that intrigue me that I find myself asking why they were even coined in the first place. Most of them I call fair because they seem to be the judge of different extreme points of views.
One such word is conscience.
Moral issues come to mind as to how this word is often used. The relation between right and wrong is highlighted.
You will always hear the advice, “Use your conscience.” How easy to utter the words. It’s the decision that takes a longer time to take.
The question that complicates my thinking often is: who pronounces the standard of what is right and wrong? Who can state the unequivocal rightness and wrongness of an action? Or of moral ideas? Or even of one’s lifestyle?
Of course, the safest answer is always, “Use your conscience.”
Many claims that our conscience is the voice of God within us, communicating to our souls of what to do in a certain situation before we use our free will. Or, is it the other way around? We use our free will first before asking God for mercy and understanding for the choice we made, especially when it went wrong?
Think of instances in your life when moral questions nagged you for a decision to take a firm side, knowing your choice can either go for or against society’s scruples. Even then, what society accepts as right is not automatically morally correct.
Conscience is a sense of right and wrong. When you use it as your counsel, try to think of the consequences. You will be wiser the next time around.