Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Ask your conscience
When values are being discussed, everyone has a view. There are no restrictions of age, sex, colour etc. for having or stating a view. Individual views may differ sometimes due to exposure, local practices, practicality etc. On a broad basis, however, usually there is consensus on what constitutes values and how they may be applied in day to day life.
Everyone (yes, me included) usually also would claim that they are the champions of each value. I have not come across too many people who would candidly confess to violating values. Perhaps, we want to make an impression and build our reputation in society. But in each of our lives, occasionally there arise situations when we are in a dilemma. There are temptations to break values and there are confusions about what is the right value.
At such times, we may not have the courage to seek clarifications or help. How can we then decide what course of action to take? Within each of us, we have a conscience which is like an eternal witness. Our doubts should be addressed to our conscience and we are sure to get the answer as to what is right.
While we may take a purist stance in front of others, it would be worthwhile, from time to time, to ask ourselves as to where do we stand on value adherence. When we know where we stand, it can help us to course correct (should we so desire) and reach the desired levels. At the end of the day, we will stand to benefit when we are honest with ourselves about ourselves.