The Lost Conscience
Updated: Mar 12, 2021
My grandma and grandpa seemed ancient to me when I was a teenager. One Sunday a month, we would eat dinner at their home, and along with the roast, mashed potatoes, and green jello salad, I was sure to get a full helping of stories and lectures on hard work, honor, integrity, and conscience. I loved the food and hated the lectures. Now I miss both because grandma and grandpa could cook a mean roast, and I could use their wisdom and life experience to strengthen my conscience and help me build it in my children.
Your conscience is an inner feeling or voice that acts as a guide to whether your behavior is right or wrong. Our society has made valiant progress in human equality, but along the way, we seemed to have lost our conscience and/or stopped listening to it. Our conscience whispers to us to be kind, forgiving, and tolerant of others. It encourages us to temper hatred and animosity when a neighbor wrongs us. We wouldn’t bend the rules, break the law, break the hearts of our loved ones, and break other’s property in open defiance. Our conscience would tell us it is wrong. We should be better and act better. There is a big difference between right and wrong; the lines aren’t as blurry as some would like them to be.
A life that has purpose and meaning is created through conscience. We can be proud of the way we earned that life. I often heard the statement, “Conscience is a good pillow.”
Take a moment today and turn the volume up on your conscience. We all need a good pillow to sleep on.
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