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.


KParthasarathi said...

The inner voice that we call conscience always impels us to do what is right regardless of our personal benefits or hardships.
To quote Sophocles,"There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us "
It is always good to listen to it when in doubt.

Anonymous said...

Whatever we may do in life the truth is that we cannot lie to our innerself or conscience..for conscience is that which hurts when everything else feels good.
'Conscience is a small inner voice of the soul'


shri ramesh sadasivam said...

True Vish. There is no better Guru, than our conscience!

This I have always done in life. I never let down my self in front of others. But I keep questioning myself, if I am right or wrong! It helps us mould ourselves.

Wonderful post!

Escapist said...

Thats what i also followed.....


anupama said...

dear vish,
exactly;we must know where we stand.to be honest to ourselves is not an easy task.the conflicts between the rights n wrongs create a lot of confusion.
hey,vish,you force me to be good.:)
happy blogging!