What Makes A Conscience?

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Humans are not born with an understanding of what is right and what is wrong. One’s conscience is developed over a lifetime and is influenced by environment, loved ones and social interactions. One’s conscience does not force actions; it merely serves to attempts to fulfill and justify one’s ethics, judgment, and actions. Many people bury their conscience beneath false justification and a lack of integrity, resulting in an absence of morals and truth. A conscience is often a negotiable part of the human mind and strong-minded and determined individuals may be able to suppress their conscience resulting in an ability to ignore their inner moral guide. A person’s conscience does not always get the best of them. Where one might expect someone’s conscience to provoke a sense of guilt or remorse due to a negative action, a lifetime of negative influences can dull or impair one’s ability to let these emotions overcome the mind. Individuals who are dependent on substances abuse can potentially lose their ability to think or act rationally and become numb towards society. The ability to ignore one’s conscience can also be evident with people who are suffering from mental illness. This imbalanced state can cause a separation between reality and social norms, resulting in a person overlooking actions and morals that are inappropriate. Largely the ability to ignore one’s conscience is an extension of being desensitized to society’s norms. A conscience and truth begin
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