The Conscience Mind

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Just an essay of what I do love, it is part of the passion of ehtics and concienceness together in a thought pattern and a little research as well. Research is basic for my classes, it is a format for class.

Concsience of Mind

To discuss and provide resource information on the conscience, first must define the word, "conscience". A conscience is a sense of right and wrong guiding a persons' actions, Oxford Mini Dictionary & Thesaurus; (2008). This dictionary also gave words as in morals, principles, ethics, standards, scruples, qualms, and compunction. The conscience is definitely an inner level that is uniquely furnished inside our selves that include feeling, an emotion, a thought, an inner motive like intuition. to go more in depth, it is like an " obedient measure" and "moral law" persay that is used to provide the right or wrong mode from good or bad. It may be a thought, it may allow us to speak up, or take action depending on the situation or circumstance.

Do all people have a conscience? This question turns us to an article to share, "The Role and Freedom of Conscience, Sabalaskey(2008). This article takes the conscience to another level with religion included. Also, Ruggiero (pg 42), "Social Conditioning", as we are in contact with people, places, and things as well as ideas given as it is programmed in our minds, from a young child some of these attitudes and values are a great impact of the choices we have made or making now. Ones decision to do something is based on self. How will this decision effect me or what will the outcome behold if my instinct tells me one thing but I do the other?Depending if our "inner" selves may have a guilt conscience, it is by no surprise a human being always makes these with "self" in mind.

As read, Sabalaskey compares Catholic view of conscience verses secular, (humanist, view of conscience,both have the traits well known by many of us as it is stated:

Catholic:  God's law written into a person's very heart. A law which man does notimpose on himself because it comes from God ; Love good, avoid evil,love God and neighbor always. To be obeyed offers a person his/ her dignity

Secular: moral sense or inner feeling emanates from within the person("sense, "feeling") No guidance as to what"goodness" means, therefore, anything goes aslong as the "conscience is clear"just another factor which affects behavior. Dignity is ignored.

Is it simply the awareness of moral behavior? A guide within ourselves is a "sense"in which use or ignore? As above in both Catholic and the humanist, each have well definitions that I agree with.

As a Catholic myself, I a pose though dignity would not be ignored. I must say in my past experience, I may have and did ignore my sense - as dignity plays a large roll into this, represents of self esteem and I went through a horrible marriage of alcoholism and abuse that almost ended my life. This experience in my past I will always remember and as a learning tool to never go back. Lesson learned of not listening to my inner self. I went through a womens' shelter for battered women and then a sobriety home to get where I am today. This was five years ago. Over these five years of getting to know the real me, to be involved with my self, learning what it is that makes me who I am, I really ignored many qualities I had, because of the conscience decisions that I had made, I knew inside it was going to be a bad thing. I knew in my heart that it was not a good thing. I was pregnant, I was young, and even as a Catholic young lady, the daddy of the baby that was in the womb was going to be part of her life (no matter what). Today, I do listen and here my conscience. Whether or not it is of Godly matter or because of the right thing to do, some times it is not about being right, but what will be the consequence, asking the question(s) of what the outcome may be or is there a better solution to the problem or situation. Even though my religion has the ten commandments to live by and all the necessary outlines in life that we go by, it is in our own self that we be true to ourselves. To ignore the conscience mind, it may not be because of dis obedience, or disobeying God, it is merely the life at momment in "self" or even the "selfishness"pursay in the law of the heart we have inside. My heart died when I knew my conscience told me not to marry, bad idea-don't do it. I did it anyways, KNOWING the consequence of my actions. Do I regret it? Not at all, I simply use the tools given and with all the learning we do in life as humans anyways, it is by our own inner thought and our own inner self of what we do in aspects of the conscience mind making the conscience decision needed at the moment in time. To think before about it and do not ignore so much and to remember that we are good people, just to know what is needed and how to keep our selves in the good, to be good to ourselves is sometimes a hard thing to do. All these things that have been mentioned are the sources inside.

References:

http://www.ourladyswarriors.org/articles/conscience.htm


Submitted: June 02, 2009

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Helena Parris

It is an interesting thought you raise, a point the apostle Paul touched on in his letter to the Romans. "For whenever people of the nations that do not have law do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law unto themselves. They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them and, between their own thoughts, they are being accused or even excused." (Romans 2:14,15) Hitler bragged that he would rid the German people "of this degrading chimera of conscience," and his minions committed unspeakable acts without any apparent shame. When called to account, it is interesting that most claimed to have "just followed orders." Eichmann apparently prided himself on keeping the trains to the death camps running on time. So some might say, Well, these people obviously had no conscience. Yet they did; if they did not, they would not have felt the need to blame others or make such ridiculous excuses. They would have cheerfully admitted, "Yes, I helped kill 12 million people and followed Hitler into a huge war that nearly annihilated Europe. What's the trouble?"

Truth was, they had a conscience. But it was not trained to distinguish right and wrong, and they lacked the moral backbone to train it and hold to it. Currently, there are people all over the map who commit hideous crimes, but will tell you they're not responsible because...well, it's different excuse every time. But there is always an excuse, trying to smooth over the guilt. Humans are interesting.

Tue, June 2nd, 2009 6:24pm

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Yes, we humans are most the interesting kind. It is funny, this is my school piece that I did and I really like the topic. It amazes me how much ethics and the whole conscience mind we emphasize regarding excuses and/ or just the every day thought we go with. Do we really think before we do or react to something. I know I need to get better with it. Thanks for your commments, I really appreciate that. Keeps me going to...lol

Tue, June 2nd, 2009 6:51pm

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