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Our conscience works as a voice in our minds that makes judgments on the moral stance of our actions, and creates our differentiation of good and evil. Through the psychoanalytical perspective, the conscience is known as a representation of your superego. This is because it is formed through a number of factors while an individual is growing up. These factors are religion, culture, environment, education, and norms which affect your morals and play an active role in the formation of the conscience. Ultimately, your conscience uses your discovered morals as a guide in order to form reasoning, to make your own individual opinions and moral decisions. This leads to my point that Scriptures and the Catholic Tradition inform conscience and moral decision making in a positive light in order to make good decisions and avoid evil. I think this because conscience can be both good and bad, but the Holy Spirit allows for the individual to gain a good conscience through following the teachings and belief of God in order to make good moral choices. An example of this is the Ten Commandments given by God. This teaching forms a guideline for people to follow in order to be making the right moral decisions.
If a child is taught the Catholic Tradition at a young age they will also be able to learn about:
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
It also teaches children very good life lessons early in their life in order to continue doing so in the future. and promote the:
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
The meaning behind the Scripture passage which i have chosen is that we should treat one another the same way which we would like for other people to be treating us. Ultimately through doing so we will be able to be kind to others. It is calling us to human happiness and freedom because the way which we want to be treated by others is kindly and respectfully therefore if we are able to treat others this way it will allow for a mutual happiness to occur. Also, there are no words saying that we must follow this, rather this is a good thing to do.
Through following this scripture passage throughout my daily life I always think of myself in the opposite position before acting. Before doing something or saying something to someone else I put myself in their position and imagine what it would feel like if someone said or did this to me, from there on my conscience makes the decisions whether it is appropriate or not to act.
Through following this I believe that my life has become much more positive for not only be but also the people around be, I try to be kind to others to the best of my abilities. However I’d say that the only downfall to this is that sometimes I get too worried about the impact of my words to other people that I don’t talk as much.
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