Conscience In Our Actions

The whole world is stuck in a rut unfortunately due to COVID-19. Having “many avenues” to expend my energy, I called up a friend and asked her what she thought about Conscience. It was funny at the time because, the conversation drifted towards existence, finding oneself and building awareness when it should have, or what I thought should have, been on the feeling of guilt of breaking a promise or doing good to others. Consciousness is often misused in common speech, but they actually mean two vastly different things in psychology. Though I am not an expert in this field, I research plenty about this area to draw lessons from and improve my own.

Nothing in this world is ours. What is good and what is bad will be finally judged by the Almighty“.

Freud’s Levels of Mind, Courtesy: VeryWellMind

Conscience is a thought process on our core values that brings out, a combination of emotions and rational associations based on our action. It is simply a measure of a person’s moral judgement. According to a personality theory introduced by the famous psychologist Sigmund Freud, conscience is said to be part of an individual’s superego, a component of an individual’s personality composed of internalized ideals, that is acquired from parents and society. It is a culmination of all the values we picked up on what is right and wrong and basing our actions on those morals.

“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

I remember this one incident when I was growing up, one of our neighbors came up to our house. We lived in a tiny alley, tucked in a few meters from the busy streets. This lady we knew rang the bell and asked if anyone was home. I rushed to open the doors for her, and she asked me, smiling, if I wanted a chocolate. The child in me wanted it right away (in fact later when I had discovered that it was whole bag, I wanted to literally shower in it. Not kidding. I spent two nights trying to convince my mom to get us a bathtub so I could “swim” in it). However, having watched a ton of Tom & Jerry cartoons by then, there was this moment when I had the image of a little devil on one of my head and an angel on the other. I swear, they started battling between if or if I should not take the chocolate because I just had a full meal. I ended up taking it and the whole bag, after all I was just a child. My point is, this vivid ‘Push’ and ‘Pull’ or the ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ force is what one could call the voice within or guiding light.

Never ignore this voice. Never give up on your guiding light no matter what suffering you go through. Every action of ours bears some form of fruit. What you do may or may not affect you today but boy, does it have consequences. There is a saying from where I come from that our actions affect our grandchildren, two generations down the line. So act my friend, act with conscience.

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