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CONCIENCE

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"Inner Voice"

I rarely listen to my conscience.

It never tells me what I want to hear.

Tumbleweed

What is the conscience anyway? Does it exist, or is it just our own mind and feelings thinking out loud?

This should be an interesting subject to explore, don't you think?

The Dictionary defines conscience as: "Moral sense of right and wrong."

And the Thesaurus adds: "Censor, Self-Accusation, Self-Condemnation, (and) Penitence."

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Islam has this to say on the subject:

"Every child is born of the nature and purity and submission to God."

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Mencius, a disciple of Confucianism, said this:

"The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart."

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Jesus explained it thusly:

"Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."

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Here are two African traditions that illustrate the point:

"God needs no pointing out to a child." (and);

"You may not see yourself growing up, but you definitely know it when you are sinning."

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On the secular side, here is a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson:

"There's just ae thing I cannae bear, An' that's my conscience."

I wonder if he and our Founding Father were related?

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Here is an interesting quote from Shakespeare:

"My conscience hath a thousand several tongues, and every tongue brings in a several tale, And every tale condemns me for a villain."

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And finally this from the Bible:

"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron."

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Now, let us turn the matter over to our Experts on All Things.

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