“Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully.” – Richard Bach
Richard brings up a good point here, one that you may not really have considered before. When we look back at the times in our lives when we have gone against our conscience, when we knew that what we did was not in line with what we know to be right or moral, we can see that a selfish motivation was one of the determining factors in our decisions. Furthermore, it was our lack of honesty with ourselves–our inability to acknowledge that selfishness–that allowed us to continue down that path.
What do you feel is your conscience? A still, small voice somewhere from within? Perhaps the voice of God inside us that is supposed to keep us on track? I know some of us would say that not everyone has a conscience, and that this might explain some of the immorality and criminal behavior in this world.
No matter what we feel our conscience to be, the fact remains that we have the ability to choose to be honest with ourselves in our acknowledgement of our selfishness and selflessness, or to choose to ignore it or not listen to it. In the end, we are the ones who decide if our consciences are just a lonely voice in the wilderness of our minds, or a wise friend who is an important part of who we are.
Look at the level of selfishness in the decisions you make daily.
Questions to consider:
What has happened when you have ignored the messages of your conscience? Have other been affected? How?
Are you more likely to listen to your conscience or to your rational, logical mind?
Do you think we are able to train our conscience? If so, how would one go about doing such a thing?
For further thought:
“Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle.” – Mahatma Gandhi