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The Development of One's Conscience

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Ashley Baez

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The Development of
One's Conscience "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it." - Matthew 7.13-14 MATURITY As you mature, your conscience develops
Your sense of right and wrong is refined with time Alexandra Cosme • Ashley Baez • Hugo Dacosta • Kevin Sosa 5 WAYS YOUR CONSCIENCE DEVELOPS At home At school WHICH PATH WILL YOU TAKE? LIFE DESTRUCTION CHRISTIAN TRADITIONS Your conscience develops as you take account of and follow our Christian tradition as guidelines for your conscience.
These guidelines include:
values
virtues
commandments MISTAKES Your conscience helps you deal with your moral failures and sins
Through your faults you become aware of your weakness and fragility as a human being
You learn of your need for support from others, especially from God. CHURCH Your conscience develops as you participate in the Eucharist and prayer life of the Church.
The Eucharist is a form of us asking forgiveness for our sins to God. By participating in this sacrament, we come to recognize our faults in order to clear our conscience of our guilt and move forward towards building a better character.
Prayer is a form of meditation that leads us to self actualization. By conversing with God we realize our faults, weaknesses, and our need to develop a better conscience with the help of His power and love. HUMILITY Therefore, this leads us to seek direction of the church Your conscience develops as you grow in the virtue of humility
Because of this, we come to realize that we are not the final arbiters of what is right and wrong
By learning that God is the only one to judge what is right or wrong, we become more humble with those around us (less judgemental, more sensitive to others and their situations, etc). SYMPTOMS OF MISINFORMED CONSCIENCE RATIONALIZING The development of one's conscience is affected when one misinforms their conscience by trying to justify their wrong actions.
Other symptoms of a misinformed conscience are used as an excuse to justify one's wrong actions. Hence, making it difficult for a person to rationalize appropriately. “So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon Regardless if we justify our wrong actions with our "good" outcomes, eventually our wrong doings will have an affect on our conscience
Our wrong actions give us a guilty conscience. Hence, pushing us to try to forget about it.
e.g. Sigmund Freud and his theory of the unconscious. We try to forget and ignore the fact that what we are doing is wrong, so we push it away into the unconscious part of the mind. However, that guilty feeling presents itself regardless and we still become aware of our wrong doings. Therefore, we are left with a guilty conscience until we do what is right. MISINFORMATION •The conscience can be malformed through immoral actions, faulty reasoning, flawed value structures and misinformation received from others in our society.
For example: "My doctor told me that all teenage girls should take the birth control pill to prevent getting pregnant".
The side effects of birth control could affect someone's body negatively in the future. Also, even though it prevents pregnancy, it does not prevent you from obtaining any STI's.
In addition, just because someone of authority or someone you believe you should trust gives you information does not mean it is always correct. Therefore, you are responsible of informing your conscience correctly. TRIVILIAZATION "It's no big deal - everybody does it"
Coming up with excuses for your actions when you know they are wrong just leads you towards a misinformed conscience. You are feeding your conscience with wrong doings when you know it wants rationalized actions done.
When one does not follow their conscience they may become vulnerable to negative influences The END Justifies the Immoral Means When the outcome of one's actions is used to justify the immoral actions done to create that outcome.
For example: "I had to steal the chocolate bar - I did not have any money and I had not eaten for twelve hours. I get sick if I don't eat." CASE STUDY On August 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. The city was destroyed and over 70 000 were killed immediately from the effects of the blast. Three days later a second bomb destroyed Nagasaki. The US justified this wrong doing by showcasing the fact that this action helped end WWII and it saved the lives of many populations part of the Allied nations. DIFFICULT TO REASON When we find ourselves in difficult situations it is hard to rationalize. We think of escaping from whatever is is that is making us feel trapped by our emotions and thoughts.
e.g "I couldn't stand worrying about my family's situation anymore, so when she offered me a joint I took it to take my mind off of this mess for at least a moment."
For this reason, we need to take the time and effort to develop our conscience so we are not vulnerable in taking a path that misinforms our conscience.
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