Good conscience is the key to building strong belief in justice and goodness.This does not necessarily always religious or the law as it may be assumed.The state of being able to believe something good that cannot be seen is the consciously spoken here, namely love, justice, trust, peace, goodness and chaste.It is rather conceptual but as you may know, it is not a “ghost.” Without this base, we will not be able to trust ourselves and others and something beyond, such as doing humanitarian work. Without this base,you may not work hard to make a change when things go wrong.
This is the foundation that enables us to boldly stand by it even when there are many oppositions.Therefore, we will need to pay attention to our conscience needs, perhaps even more than our physical needs. However, such needs can be easily ignored or forgotten because it is not seen and seems unimportant. Thus, let us exercise to find out if we have such conscience within ourselves. In order to experience our conscious needs, we need to be clear about our conscience free from negative influences from in our environment.
Answer the following survey to see the level of our conscience.
Q: You are taking the courses in the university, and you received a failing grade that you cannot graduate.However, your parents are politically influential figures.Your famous parents called your professor who failed you the course, after negotiation, and now you got A+ mark instead of D.You noticed that the parents paid some money to the professor.How do you feel about it?
1.Very bad ()
3.I don’t know()
Q: Imagine that your clients pay you for the service you offered but when you looked at the amount of the money written on the check, it was more than you charged.The customer will not know the price if you do not tell him.What would you do?
1.I will not tell the customer and take the money happily.()
2.I will take the money but feel bad.()
3.I don’t know.()
4.I will not take the money but will regret.()
5.I will not take the money and tell the customer the price.()
Q: You happen to witness that your friend, who is well known and respected professor, is committing violence against his family members.Family members are quiet for fear that the public may not like to know what happens at home and blame the victims.
1.I will not say anything to my friend nor the family.()
2.I will support my friend.()
3.I don’t know.()
4.I will report to the police.()
5.I will talk to my friend and tell him what he does is not appropriate.()
Perhaps anyone has the above types of experience one way or another.We may know it is wrong to do it but such wrong-doing is unnoticeable. Therefore, we may face great temptations to do away with it.What is even worse, by speaking out honestly, we may put ourselves into problems.The question is “Do we feel good about doing or undoing it?”If we value good conscience, even if we are able to do away with it unnoticed, still we have guilt feeling tells you that it is wrong.Therefore, if you marked 5 in the above questions, you can say you have fair amount of good conscience.This means that you endeavor to do good and righteous cause, but it takes courage. There is no single, widely agreed definition for the concept, but the definition of “Good Conscience” we used here is as follows:“a process of doing what is right, either in accordance with one’s conscience or traditional moral values, or, increasingly, oriented on subjective experience and psychological growth independently of any specific religious context regardless any persons are present at the time the activities occur in reference to one’s dignity, integrity, and higher moral self.”
Thus, many of those who face domestic violence are compelled under the circumstances to take one stance or the other.One question is whether to keep quiet about the violence within one’s family (or whatever the community is) so that they maintain their face value without drawing the public attention to the seriously damaging problems.The other question is whether to openly discuss the violence happening so that questions to the batterers’ credibility is brought to the public attention.In short, we now see why good conscience is rather nurtured than assumed.If you decide to obey your good conscience, you may struggle to continue whether you are afraid or threatened, as time goes, it becomes more matured.But those who ignore would not even feel any more.It is the belief in goodness and justice. Such belief is vital to engage in non-profit activities.