Higher Morality – Conscience

I submitt that our conscience is a call to our original nature, and is at the very heart of a person. I view conscience as the heart of Who am I?, and What am I?  Paul Tillich said, “conscience is a call to ourselves.” (1952)  V. E. Frankl felt conscience, “is not just one factor among many; it is the core of our being and the source of our personal integrity.” (1963) Conscience is a call to set a moral demarcation line between good and evil. A healthy conscience fights the darkness within. I submit a call to conscience is a moral audit of our behaviors. It is a check-point and self-inventory discerning appropriate-inappropriate and approval-disapproval of behaviors. A person of conscience has the ability of self-admonishment –-> the capacity to reprove, reprimand, reproach, and call oneself to the carpet. Such a person scrupulously acts from a base of fortitude that avoids bad actions. Healthy prosocial behaviors rise from a well-defined conscience. I assert a person of conscience truly sticks to “my word is my bond.” In a speech in 1734, Sir Robert Walpole maintained, “every man has his price.” However, I argue that is not necessarily true for a person with a healthy conscience. I realize it flies in the face of human pride, but I advance the notion that a person of character and conscience is magnanimous in both victory and defeat.

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