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John Adair's 100 Greatest Ideas for Smart Decision Making by John Adair

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Idea 10: Conscience

A clear conscience never fears midnight knocking.

Chinese proverb

Our capacity to have values is universal. A person who lacks the faculty to value would not be a person.

We differ, of course, in the values themselves – the products or constructs of our valuing minds. Our values are reflections of our ideas of what is morally good or right: they supply us with the moral principles for our conduct in life.

The depth mind is the seat of conscience, the rather specialized faculty that tells you – often retrospectively – that you have done something very wrong.

Far from it being a bad conscience, as it is sometimes called, it is a good conscience doing its proper work.

Whether or not you choose to respond to what your depth mind ...

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