Inner Voice

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.



6 thoughts on “Inner Voice

  1. my moral conscience is very strong and I have no problem following it even it if goes against society’s claim at knowing morality and ethics. Enjoyed the post…

  2. I don’t believe in right and wrong. When I think of true conscience, I think of it our true self attempting to guide us through life. Most of us ignore this of course. Society and our upbringing have decided for us what is “right” and “wrong” and we just follow along for the most part (and perhaps having to deal with the consequences if not). So I believe what we feel as right and wrong are simply what we have been trained to feel and we act accordingly. I feel this must be true because what you may feel is right, may be completely wrong to someone else. Thinking about this in regards to religion is enough to make your head spin. We vary so widely on the rights and wrongs on this topic alone and I would never be presumptuous enough to call another person’s beliefs wrong.
    I don’t know if thinking of the consequences is always a good way to judge. What if protesting lands you in jail? Was it the wrong thing to do? What if sticking up for someone gets you beat up? Was it the wrong thing to do? What if someone did drugs for years, got into all kinds of trouble, lost everything, finally got clean and started a center that went on to help thousands of people with drug addiction. Was that wrong? Tough questions.

    1. (The post Musings somewhat tackled the last part of your explanation.)
      Personally, I must admit that more often than not I am in a quandary of what to do myself. You are correct: there are tough questions in life.
      In dealing with those dilemmas, we often hear the phrase ‘choose the lesser evil” which to me readily means the lesser wrong or the passable right. Where is the totally right and the absolutely wrong? Nowhere in this world. Perhaps, in the next.
      We choose where our life goes. Individually, we should be responsible for our actions.

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