My friend Ahmed.S and I were discussing about the different situations that had been happening in Egypt and then we got to talk about Conscience and the role it had played after the revolution and its effect in general. We got to discuss the consequences of it as well when used incorrectly and wrongfully. We began naming situations that resulted with the lack of conscience in it. After ending our conversation, it got me thinking that were different kinds of ‘Conscience’ according to the situation or matter at hand. I decided to share some of the situations with you all, as I labeled them with its type!
Allow me to start with the word in question – Conscience << What does that mean? At this moment we are all thinking about the meaning or definition of the word, lets stop and think about that for a bit!
Lets put our version of the meaning to the word ‘Conscience’ using our God given instinct. I – as most of you, am sure – define it as: that little voice inside us guiding or helping us to make the right choice and decision. I know the majority of us have been and seen a lot from people who don’t understand the meaning of the word. How we feel and see it is totally different from those whom either ignore it, or abuse it.
Understanding and having a conscience is essential for a life of FAITH – to not understand and not have a conscience can destroy a moral life and all that’s in it.
Conscience, among other qualities differs us from others; makes us stand out, not for anyone but for ourselves. It sets us free to do all for the goodness of life. Having that sense of peace and satisfactory within.
Sometimes conscience doesn’t always judge properly, for example: when dealing with a man on a fruit stand in the streets. You ask and agree to the amount needed and money, as they start preparing the bag to filling it in with the agreed amount. Right in that moment between holding the bag and staring at the item they are about to pick up- their conscience plays its role in choosing to pick the right proper fruit or the horrible bruised fruit filled with holes ☹.
GUESS what the majority of them end up doing??
YES! You go home and SURPRISE!! ☺ The bad fruits are right there in the bag, staring at you!!
Or how about the judge that decides to give the guilty person in question a verdict of innocence, when all evidence and proof clearly point out and show that they are guilty. Just because they sold their conscience and were blinded by greed and material things offered to them. Or the principal that is willing to allow anything to go on in their school; or taking wrong decisions just for that extra money, whether by bribery or other illegal means.
Or that friend or colleague at work, the one that just stands by and watches their friend do and make the wrong choices and decisions, without uttering a word of truth or giving advice in doing the right thing – Just because they wanted your position at work!
SO MANY examples that show people having no moral or ethical principals, thinking they were right in doing that and gave themselves the right to mistreat and betray the good treatment and trust given to them.
Allow me to give you more examples – Yes! the ones we all have been through – the same ones going through your mind right now! Most examples are so unexpected, unbelievable and shocking.
Here we go:
‘LACK OF CONSCIENCE’ or better yet ‘THE ABSENCE OF CONSCIENCE’ –
When taking someone especially an elderly person with a critical condition to hospital. Rushing, praying and hoping you would get there in time, finding a doctor and a nurse waiting for you at the entrance. Wishing it will all pass with this person in peace, with no pain.
Right now you are struggling between keeping it together and preventing yourself from bursting out into tears. Still in the middle of the panic; rushing; yelling as the adrenalin of mixed emotions rushes through you, whilst carrying your loved one or helping them to walk in. You’ve now entered the front entrance; people staring at you: others whispering as you walk in, to them it’s a scene among other scenes. But to you it is a battle against time. Hopelessly you stand there waiting for a doctor to show up or a nurse to assist you. BUT THERE ISN’T anyone there! You yell out for help and some attention.
Out of nowhere a doctor appears; you are thrilled, but still in that state of rushed adrenalin. Questions being asked and you answer, wondering what a waste of time! The doctor begins to write down some notes and all you want to do, is to scream out HURRY UP!
When all is agreed to and done, reaching the stage where it’s time for the doctor to admit your loved one into a room for an examination. The unexpected response is said, those words that are like a knife stabbing into you. That moment when you wish you could just block your ears.
“We don’t have any rooms or beds vacant at the moment” or “Does she/he have insurance?” or “We have no specialized doctors present” or “Our hospital isn’t facilitated for their condition, I am sorry”.
In a split second, SILENCE conquers you!
Snapping back to reality, you have reached that point where you are uttering words and mumbling at the same time, anything to get your loved one admitted into hospital.
YOU >> “What are you saying? How come you don’t? This is unbelievable, you are a doctor and this is a hospital, so what are you saying?” – “Don’t you have any moral sense, can’t you see they are in pain. Get up and do something!!” <<<<> “Where’s your conscience mister??”
Just because they didn’t want to make that extra effort; or too busy wanting to chit chat; or watch the latest updates in the second half of the game etc.
‘BLIND TO CONSCIENCE’ or better yet ‘SHOVING CONSCIENCE ASIDE’ –
Ah yes! This one we see all the time and is happening everywhere. We’ve all seen on most of our streets and in our areas beggars and poor homeless people. There is a big difference between the two. I would give any money I have to a poor homeless person than to a beggar. If I don’t have any change or enough to give, I would just pass by them with a smile. I have seen and watched some people walking in front of a homeless person as if they were air; as if they didn’t exist; as if that person they had just passed wasn’t there at all!!
I stood across the road, looking at this poor homeless person, sitting on the pavement (sidewalk) in:
scruffy clothes (old and torn) with a turban on his head. When I passed by him I gave him a small amount of what I had, and I looked at his face – You know when they say you can read a persons’ life journey by the number of wrinkles on their face. Well they weren’t kidding! It was obvious his journey was long and filled. His smile was between hope and disappointment (If I had had my camera then, I would have taken that expressive face and smile to show you all).
I watched this man as he sat there – eyes filled with sadness and shame. He sat in a very interesting position – he sat in a way as if life and time had broken him but yet fidgeted to try and sit up straight with pride. My eyes were focused on his reaction, as people passed him, whether they gave him money or not. But one incident drew my attention and it was very disturbing – this is where you can say that being blind to conscience >> was applied.
This one man – in his mid thirties, well dressed – stopped in front of the homeless man, dug into his pocket and pulled out some coins and a paper note. He counted them and then looked at the homeless man smiled and walked off. What was that??
He didn’t have enough to give him, no problem. But don’t just stand there in front him count your money and walk off!! He should have kept walking further away from the homeless man and then checked his money.
The homeless man’s reaction was: a smile and a nod < expressing it was okay!! Schoolgirls passed by and teased him; he looked at them with no reaction at all. A woman carrying her baby walked 10 paces further along from him and returned to give him some money.
We all sometimes stop and place ourselves in their shoes and wonder: how they were before and what happened making them end up in that state. I’m sure he was a respectable workingman before reaching this stage. It’s a shame! Just hoped people were more considerate towards others.
‘SELLING CONSCIENCE’ better yet ‘ BRIBERY AND FAVOURITSIM’ –
This one is a contagious one; it spreads like a disease: ‘Bribery and favoritism’ that happens all the time when applying for governmental and private jobs and work. Which results in:
1- Efficiency in destroying the potential factor, which is competition from choosing the best among the applicants.
2- Affecting the role of performing the highest quality in work and precision at work.
3- Leads to corruption of the society and people’s conscience, as well as an upraising in envy and hate between workers and employees.
The hardworking people are caught up in the middle of this unfair situation: where their rights are wasted and have had their jobs taken away from them, by those who gained it by bribery or favoritism. Which lead to the destruction and the fall apart of the country or society. For example: what happened in Egypt, after the revolution, the corruption had increased, due to not having the right candidates employed into their right field and career, and having to accept work in any position or in areas that aren’t in their specialty or experience.
When you find an accountant working in the administration department at a school or a waitress working at a bank or a doctor working as a teacher etc., that’s because they bought their way into the job position by bribery and favoritism, having the rightful ones to the job being pushed aside. Once accepting those whom don’t belong to that position, this results:
a- In having them not giving their job the full required performance.
b- In which that person ends up a burden and a problem to the company and team, and a non-operative factor.
c- Reducing and slowing down the productive work required and needed.
That was the outcome result due to conscience being bought by bribery and favoritism. Having a corrupted member and worker will inflict to another member or worker and so on, till the whole company or organization etc. is infected by this corruption.
The lack of professionalism leads to lack of potential, which causes the collapsing of the services needed of the country and the spreading of corruption, bribery and other unwanted illegal means. Or an outbreak expressed into a revolution or riot to display the message of having enough of corruption and more.
Hence, what is being seen in Egypt and in many other countries.
The list goes on and on…I just hope that these people wake up to realizing that it’s not worth it: the selling, shoving, blinding themselves from using their conscience. Sooner or later it will conquer them with guilt and that nagging voice will just eat up at them, for mistreating a person or situation wrongfully and unjustly. I am not here to tell anyone what to do. Just merely shedding some light, reminding those whom have forgotten and thanking those whom haven’t!
I was merely thinking out loud, as it got me thinking, how situations would have turned out differently ….
Please listen and enjoy the song by Mohamed Mounir – Eftaho Karares el Rasm – Open The Drawing Books.
With its translation to the song:
>>> Open the drawing books oh doves! For there is a martyr dove present - praying and opening the studio to draw a bird flying through time dreaming of a city of crystals – Drawing swings that the wind blows, children’s playground with stairs of ivory, where the world is sane and not crazy. Not even a bullet can draw the universe. You can’t create a line; or a colour; or prevent the sun from bracing branches. We will draw a swarm of doves floating (flying), pecking their beak and awaking the human conscience, to show how a real person is to be, without saying his true opinion and without singing with freedom.<<