It’s something you hear in this season, when so many have to face that they are not going to fulfill that well-meant New Year’s Resolution.
Is that your conscience, or do you just feel guilty?
Conscience is something bigger, the sense of Right and Wrong. It seems to be innate, but flexible to nurture. Admittedly, some people appear not to have one, or have resisted it long enough that it doesn’t impinge on their actions.
When I was a kid watching the (original) Mickey Mouse Club, Jiminy Cricket had a song, moralistic as much of Disney was, about conscience:
“Take the straight and narrow path
And if you start to slide,
Give a little whistle…Give a little whistle…
And always let your conscience be your guide.”