Hideko Nagashima
Posted March 27, 2016 from Japan

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()


5.Very good()

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.

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Tamarack Verrall
Mar 30, 2016
Mar 30, 2016

Dear Hideko,

You have raised a profound question, the presence or absence of good conscience, its origin and its varying degrees. As I read through, answered the questionnaire and read the variables or circumstances that affect our decisions, it gave me the chance to ponder. I carry a strong sense of conscience, perhaps born with it, also taught by my parents. I have wondered if I would always make the best decision if it were to take great courage in a moment of weakness. I would hope to have the courage, and yet I feel for those who have not, for whatever reasons. I have found increasing courage to speak out the more I see how important it is to do so despite being attacked verbally. I have never had to be in the position of not speaking out or doing the right thing under physical threat. I am not sure why some people have no difficulty acting on their own behalf to the disadvantage of another, but am always encouraged to witness changes in character for the better. Thanks for raising the subject. Even declaring my belief in good conscience challenges me to follow through even not knowing what lies ahead. My own sense of good conscience is so inspired by all here within this world pulse network.


Hideko Nagashima
Apr 03, 2016
Apr 03, 2016

Hello Tam,

Thank you for replying to my essay.  Many of us don't know exactly how to actualize our conscious needs.  When we try doing it and face many obstacles, then we stop trying any more.  Would this not be the reason we won't try harder? However, nurturing this drive becomes very powerful tool later on because as you try, you will find it works--to your advantage.  People will get to know you and realize that you really are NO NON-SENSE person and will do it to follow your conscience need no matter whatever the circumstances.  You actually earn good solid reputation for being honest and righteous.  

It's worth a try!  Because many people give up doing it, you will end up standing out the crowd.  I promise.