Sometimes I think that Harper's words here should read
"The one thing that shouldn't abide. .
." In our world we all see people doing things
that they know they shouldn't do just to be cool, or just
to be accepted, or just because others expect to do
something. When we deal with our internal conflicts
with our consciences, there's often a good chance that we
will rationalize the decision that makes things the
easiest for us or the one that's going to get us accolades
and/or acceptance. And here's the scary part--we
often allow ourselves to justify what we've done by
adjusting our consciences to make the action okay.
Do we have the ability to adjust our conscience? Can
we truly convince ourselves that something wrong is
actually right, and not feel the least twinge of remorse
for doing that thing or for not feeling wrong about
it? Sometimes, I believe we do--but I also know that
not everyone is willing to do so. Most people aren't
even willing to try to do so.
Why is it so difficult to listen to our consciences,
though? Why do we not want to acknowledge what it's
telling us to be true or wrong or right? It really
does seem to be that pressure from others that makes
things difficult for us, be they friends or
colleagues. But no matter what pressures we face,
the final decision about whether to follow our conscience
or not rests with us; and the final decision about whether
to accept what it tells us lies with us, also.
Our conscience should not abide by majority rule.
Many people squelch the important voice inside themselves
by telling themselves that everyone else thinks a certain
way, so why should I think any different? But the
question is not whether you're thinking differently or
not, but whether you're following what you know in your
heart and soul to be true.