- The answer to this would simply be both Yes and No. Human conscience exist on many levels. It cannot be judged because each human lives with what they consider right or wrong. It will also depend on the family and society from where an individual comes. In this family values, religion, education and political system will have a lot to say. You are being so influenced by all the above factors. As a child we’re far more open than as adults and you grow generally into some type of profile in your society. It will later depend on how you choose and how you believe. There are two basic ways of how to use human conscience. The first will be intellectually based from the programming you’re subjected to. It’s what we call rational thinking. This will serve the system where you live within and you’re part of that society.
The second would be the independent thinker who really don’t care about what other people say or think. This person would seek its own logic, live and learn from experience and use their heart intuition more. They may be well versed in the society “morals” where they live but they just don’t blindly accept things.
These kind of people are considered by many as “originals”, possibly a little crazy or even totally crazy. They may have a lonely life or they may become heroes in other societies.
So, to determine right/wrong will depend on the society and its values. Conscience alone on the human level isn’t enough. We’ll need to use “common sense”, knowledge and conscience to determine if the action can be seen either right or wrong. There truly one day will be clarity in this but the NOW is a world of confusion in these parts.
The best tip I can give you to follow in your daily life is when your mind-feeling and heart feeling agree in unity over something then you’re usually on a good track. Mind alone wouldn’t be enough as it fools you very easy with its limits. Intuition is good but must be used with common sense as well. It’s easy to be quick in decisions and it’s important to control these impulses and emotions because they can be very destructive for yourself and others.
I hope this will give you some food for thought on what is right or wrong.
- Personally, I don’t consider right or wrong because there are different levels of thinking and with that comes different solutions. Just like when humans were killing of wolves and bears because they were thinking of them as a big threat to humans. They are natural predators, sure but they don’t kill for fun and they are necessary in nature and play their part to keep the balance. So different solutions for different thinking. To try to live by rules wouldn’t work because humans are free spirits by character and have the need to live this way. But to have guidelines on how to respect and live in a society doesn’t interfere in this but may instead be helpful for adaption.
Look, conscience is no more and no less than our personal judgment. When we have some idea of good, and so we have some idea of right (what furthers or creates good) and wrong (what risks, harms, diminishes or destroys good), we call it a “conscience.” That’s all. A conscience isn’t a special power. It isn’t a thing some have and some don’t: the thing itself that conscience actually is personal judgment. That’s a thing we all have.
It’s just we tend to call it a “conscience” when our personal judgment is shot through, founded in, or has acquired a taste for morality. A taste for right. A distaste for wrong.
Morality is any concern in right or wrong, to tell between in order to further right or oppose wrong.
Morality is always founded in values & priorities. Known goods. Each of us is free to find and value our own goods (“values”), and to rank and order them by importance (“priorities”). We tell right from wrong by being able to say: what you call wrong – what’s wrong with it? (What does it risk, harm, diminish, and destroy?). What you call right – what good is it? What does it grow, make, support, protect?
Can we trust our conscience to determine what is right and what is unfair?
What else do you have available to trust? How else do you make decisions? What else besides your personal judgment, with all factors in view and considered? When you care about right and wrong, you consider those things more.
Like any other faculty of reason (i.e. critical faculty, rational faculty, logic), conscience improves in strength, clarity and trustworthiness by exercise and examination. Best thing you can do: own all consequence of your being. All consequence of all your thought (usually none, unless you act – why not throw it in there), action, inaction, decision or indecision. All consequence whether deliberate or unintended, foreseen or unforeseen, foreseeable or unforeseeable. And you take it all in, and any outcomes that bother you take to pieces and figure out all through: all the way down to basis. All the way back up discerning: scrutinize connections, separate and weigh different elements, competing values, competing goods. You own it. This is what has come of what you’ve done. You take it as yours for use, to detect faults, to falsify and refine bad fit and misunderstood piece. To comprehend and to reconcile.
With all key parts dismantled you figure out what bothers you. Was there something else you could have done? Okay, what? And project what outcomes may have come from there. But: is it reasonable to expect you at the time could have known to act differently?
Ah. There’s the rub. Sometimes you realize yes, you should have known to act differently. Or other times you say no, it was impossible that you could have known to act differently.
But the process pays off regardless. Because the point is: you deny nothing that comes of what you’ve done. You embrace it all – not necessarily “blame” here. You can see full well what other factors were in play – including other people. Your response was the only part you could really control, but you can control that. And going forward, your examination of both what you could have known and done and what you couldn’t have known – will be locked in, ready on swivel to spot opportunities to avert misstep and thwart bad outcome. You’ll foresee things that before were unforeseeable – because you owned and examined them through. You will tell between to more fine and granular, nuanced degree. You’ll perceive the potential other factors beside you have (such as other people) to make things go wrong – because you owned and examined those parts of prior outcomes.
Your judgment – your “conscience” when it is employed in any problem with a moral dimension – will grow stronger, clearer, and more reliable.
If you thought the point of a conscience was to be able to tell infallibly which course you can choose that will prove faultless, blameless, so you’ll never have to worry about outcomes, nope. The point of a conscience is to own all the resources you have available for decision-making – principally, all outcomes of prior decision-making – and use them to hone and strengthen your moral sense. To own your wrong, and come to know that finding self-wrong always opens the way to find ways right.
To feel confident in doing your best. Choosing the best course you can, based on what you’ve got in front of you plus all you’ve ever seen (assimilated and built into intuition and aim). Knowing that if bad befalls, you will be there to catch all your share and more, and course-correct all the better for it.
You don’t know that everything you do will prove good. But you do know: you’re good for it. You will make good. And in this crazed-up mix of a world, that’s about the best you can have. Can you trust in it? Sure can, if you’ve been working it out in exercise and running the back-end regimen in examination after-the-fact.
Because after-the-fact is always before-the-fact. Next thing we know, we’re in the moment again where we have to act.
You don’t have anything else but your conscience for this. So the real question is: do you engage it in a trustworthy way, responsible for all that comes of every course you choose, and so grow in trustworthiness and clarity and aim? Or do you just give up and get carried along, picking haphazardly or recusing yourself from action?
You’ll find your consequence regardless. It’s just you find and make and steer far better consequence when it’s not regardless.