Kindness and Conscience

Pinocchio 'n' Jiminy Cricket

Pinocchio 'n' Jiminy Cricket (Photo credit: Valerie Reneé)

Conscience: noun – the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives, impelling one toward right action: to follow the dictates of conscience.

I used the word tonight in a facebook post referencing whether or not I should do something.  It got me thinking; I almost never hear that word anymore.  And then I thought more: what does Conscience have to do with Kindness?

I believe that all of us have access to that “inner voice”, that knowing right and wrong.  So many of us have just turned down the volume to suit our circumstances. If we really listen though, quieting the clamor around us, we’ll know.  And we’ll do the right thing.  It’s the Golden Rule.  It’s the thinking of others before ourselves.  It’s standing up for those who can’t stand for themselves.  It’s kindness – to children and animals, elderly and poor, to those who don’t look like us or think like us.  What do you hear your conscience telling you when you think of these?  I know you’ll find the right answer if you stay in that quiet place long enough to hear…

*Some of you may be wondering why I have a photo of Pinocchio in a post about conscience.  The story of Pinocchio is about a wooden puppet who came to life – and Jiminy Cricket was his “Conscience”, to advise him right from wrong.  Every time I think of the word I see Jiminy calling after Pinocchio not to go to Pleasure Island and down the wrong path.  Oh, the memories and lessons from childhood – thank you, Mr. Disney.*



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  2. Love it! You are right about the use of the word conscience too! 🙂

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