The Common Understanding Of The Human Conscience

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The first thing that needs to be clarified about the conscience surrounds the myth of the conscience as acting in accordance to either the id (desires) or superego (moral acting). These concepts, created by Sigmund Freud during the 20th century, explain that human beings act in accordance to these two interior forces. The common understanding of the human conscience unfortunately comes from this notion of decision making, which underlies certain aspects of personality. With this trivialization of human conscience various atrocities have been and continue to be allowed to take place. The Catholic Church teaches that the true nature of man’s conscience comes from a law that is written on his heart that dictates what he is supposed to do . The true nature of conscience comes from God’s divine providence, “whose voice and judgement penetrate the depths of man’s soul.” God’s law of conscience, forces man to always strive for the good and avoid evil, however since man is a flaw creation that acts in accordance to their own free will, he is liable to disobeying this law. God writes the law of conscience on man’s heart in order for man to properly appraise a situation prior to performing an action. Through this interior dialogue man is able to properly judge the severity of a given situation and act accordingly. The conscience acts as a moral judgement of both mankind and their actions within society. By acting in accordance to their right conscience man applies the natural law, which determines the “objective and universal demands of the moral good. ” These judgements made by the conscience are practical decisions that determine what “man must do or not do.” Since the conscience seeks to act in accordance to the goods defined by the na... ... middle of paper ... ... the conscience is being continuously formed. Throughout the life of a human being the conscious is being formed; as a child an individual learns the basic moral rules, such as, “do not steal” and through formal education they gain the wisdom to abide by certain virtues, rather than their vices. The Catechism continues by stating, “the conscience must be informed and moral judgement enlightened. A well-formed upright and truthful.” Without the possession of an informed conscience human beings are liable to give into their temptations, which are based on their own judgements, not the judgement of their conscience. The contributing factor to the formation of the conscience is the involvement of God. It is through the maintenance of an uninformed conscience that persons believe that as long as the behaviour performed does not hurt anyone else it is morally acceptable.
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