Conscience--The Essence of Being Human

Conscience International President Dr. James Jennings delivers aid and advocates peace. His motto: “Don’t explain your philosophy—embody it!” 

Conscience is an aspect of human character that points a person in the direction of right action. It is a precious possession of all races and nationalities, male and female, young and old, rich and poor, educated and uneducated. Conscience defines the very essence of being human: having an innate faculty or power that provides a constant awareness of ones’ own goodness or blameworthiness.

There are two parts, knowing and doing. Realizing first what is right and then acting on it means that you have listened to and obeyed that inner urge to behave correctly. To be conscientious is simply to be governed by the dictates of truth, justice, and goodness. It is no surprise when observing human behavior to see that people who respond to their conscience usually make correct choices. Sometimes conscience is described as a quiet voice inside one’s head, or a little tug at the heart. As a schoolboy, George Washington wrote in his copybook this saying: “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.”

I urge you to listen to your inner voice as a way of affirming your true humanity and discovering a pathway to personal growth. You are invited to join us in the rewarding endeavor of helping others.