I am stuck wondering whether conscience can be thought of as a self-formed tradition. To violate one’s conscience seems on the sur-face to very much mirror the identity-scarring we see when societies make scape-goats of egregious norm-violators. Hm…so, a formed tradition will have core values nearer an almost organic centre; the typical society-member naturally shudders when such core values are near to being crossed.
Similarly, are not our own self-images things formed largely as illuminated by our respective pasts? “I know I would never (for I have always managed not to…or I never really considered…)” Is there not a similar physical aversion to violating such images (unless and until core values are reconsidered and reordered) in our very depths? So much of this is surely unconscious, “I am not the sort who…” yet if we examine closely, there are certain central tenets not so easily moved from their defining positions.
A weak conscience is therefore a weakly bordered tradition – one in which the core values have little power to affect one’s decision-making. Hm…does anyone else find this ‘consideration as’ meaningful, I wonder?