How To Discern Between Right and Wrong Using Your Conscience as Your Compass

Roger Skibowski
5 min readFeb 5, 2023

Many of us have been in a situation where we’ve had to make a tough choice, and we weren’t sure which way to go. How do you know if you’re making the right choice?

One way to help you make tough decisions is by using your conscience. But what exactly is a conscience? And how do you develop a strong one?

What is a conscience?

A conscience is often thought of as a person’s moral compass — that inner voice that tells you whether something is right or wrong. But what exactly is a conscience, and how do you develop one?

Consciences are not simply inherited from our parents or society, but are developed through our own life experiences. As we grow and learn, we start to form our own opinions on what is right and wrong, based on our own value systems. This can be influenced by our religion, culture, family and friends, but ultimately it is up to each individual to decide what they believe is right or wrong.

There are some things that are universally considered to be wrong, such as murder or theft, but there are many gray areas where people can have different opinions. For example, some people believe that abortion is wrong, while others believe it is a woman’s right to choose. In these cases, it is up to the individual to listen to their conscience and decide that they believe is right.

When faced with a decision, your conscience will usually give you a gut feeling about what the right thing to do is. It’s important to listen to this feeling and trust your instincts, even if it goes against what others may think or say. If you’re unsure about something, it’s ok to seek advice from someone you respect, but ultimately the decision should be yours.

If you find yourself in a situation where your conscience is telling you two different things, it’s important to take some time to reflect on the situation and consider all the options before making a decision. Once you have done this, trust your gut feeling and go with the option that feels right for you.

How do you develop a strong conscience?