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Originally posted by Dark Ghost
There is no doubt that our conscience serves an important function: to help us differentiate from right or wrong, and impel us to act when it is right or inhibit us from acting when it is wrong. It's true that there exist people in this world that lack a conscience or empathy for their fellow human beings, and for these people I suppose the question of this thread would not apply. I am not calling for us to disregard our consciences, rather reflect on how our conscience brings forth moral dilemmas that inhibit our ambitions and aspirations.
I believe the major problem with the conscience is that it encourages us to think and act in accordance with what is right over what is best. While the two are not always distinct from one another, usually the former honours what is fair while the latter honours what is logical. The trouble being that life is far more logical than it is fair and perhaps this is why humanity struggles with problems relating to morality. We are torn between taking actions that benefit individuals and those that benefit society.
What are your thoughts?
edit on 19/5/2012 by Dark Ghost because: (no reason given)