The One Liner

10 Brutal Truths About Role of Conscience in Decision Making.

The One Liner

October 30, 2021. 4 minute Read


Your Conscience is your biggest asset; if you aren’t using it well and then what’s the point of living a life like that.

The word Conscience isn’t the least spoken topic but why aren’t we talking about it more openly?

What is Conscience?

role of conscience in decision making

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, “conscience is the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.”


conscience is the sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.”

So, it guides us in every event of our lives and helps us make rational decisions when required. 

In fact, in Bhagwat Gita, Shree Krishna gave three significant pieces of advice to Arjun when he constantly regretted and thought no remarkable things were coming out of this war. He was in continuous realization that he was the only evil around.

Then Shree Krishna came with three significant pieces of advice.

First, we should always be obligated to do what is right and not the one that is convenient or easy to do. In fact, by doing this, one retains the required skills that we have.

Second, if we act as per that and realize that the divine plans everything and the results of our action will be good, then it gives a vision of reality. Hence, we come to wholeness by devoted confidence. 

Third, we can only know what we should do and what the right action is if we know who we are. We neither are as selfish as Kauravas nor Arjun, who possessed a confused and uncertain mind. 

Arjun discovers later, at the end of the poem that we all are Krishna, the higher self. That gives us the knowledge to choose unclear alternatives. 

But still, life is at times cruel to you and becomes way too judgmental with how much you earn. An example of such is, let’s say, A makes more money than B. Fine! Does that mean B will always bow down to A no matter what the situation is? Certainly not. 

Moral of the Story

Our conscience guides us in making a rational decision. When we start doing what is right, we retain so many skills in return. Obviously, it’s not easy to do “what is right” every time, but when you make consciously right decisions, you create value for yourself. And those values will help you build an institution that will always be known for its integrity and not any worldly parameters.  

Ratan Tata, Azim Premji, are top names because they consciously make the right decisions when time demands. During the second wave, Ratan Tata’s Tata Group imported 24 Cryogenic containers to meet the oxygen supply-demand to address the crisis back then. So did the State Government of Odisha help supply Oxygen when the whole nation wanted the same; mind you, it wasn’t easy for them; tirelessly, all workers were working day-night despite cyclone hitting the state at that point. 

So what do we understand from this?

It wasn’t easy for any of them, but they did what they felt right at that point, selflessly helped save many lives, and genuinely earned respect from everyone. 

You may live a practical life or may choose the path of the divine. The choice is all yours, but one must know the difference between right and wrong. 


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