A conscience, as in the ability to feel guilt? Or the consciousness that we are aware of something?
Either way, I still count Jiminy Cricket as the personification of a conscience, as well as one of my all time favourite Disney characters. Optimistic, witty, and wise, he can get a little bit aggressive when upset, but he sure means well.
It’s funny to think his name was originally used as a polite euphemism for “Jesus Christ” when someone needed to swear or blaspheme in a carton or soft film. But, instead of replacing the odd swear word, he is best known as the deuteragonist in Disney’s Pinocchio acting as the wooden boy’s conscience, best friend and wise-cracking guide.
I’ve always liked him because I’ve always had an interest in psychology and why we do the things we do. I like the debate between nature and nuture, what is socially acceptable, is there such a thing as true altruism, and where you learn your rights from your wrongs.
Because conscience is based on learned behaviors, morals are the most important thing for a conscience as well as how right your rights are, and how wrong your wrongs are. Can you imagine a world where no one cared about anyone but themselves? You might often think we live in that sort of world but occasionally you see a glimpse of hope in humanity. From someone giving up their seat to a pregnant lady even if she’s only on the bus for one stop, to someone owning up to not actually doing their homework and accepting their punishment with grace.
Apart from a friend suggesting Jiminy Cricket for today’s AtoZ Challenge, I think it’s only appropriate I admit to taking an extra diet coke from a Mexican restaurant today. My conscience is killing me for it.
“Now, you see, the world is full of temptations. Yep, temptations. They’re the wrong things that seem right at the time… but… uh… even though the right things may seem wrong sometimes, or sometimes the wrong things may be right at the wrong time, or visa versa. Understand?”
And also, who could ever forget this magical song. It just sings childhood to me…
(Also, an honourary subject for the letter J is John!)
|| Part of the A to Z Challenge ||
A post a day except Sunday for the month of April to cover topics beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
Previously on A to Z: