Many people may not know the subtle difference between conscience and conscious. However, that clarification can go a long way for those who truly care about leaving their mark on the world.
To have a conscience, means an individual has their own moral interpretation of what is right and what is wrong. Many times, the individual who is in the position to make a decision generally makes one based on how they feel about a situation. Likewise, they make a decision based on how they will be affected in the long run.
This is highly encouraged in today's society. To be in a conscience state, allows yourself to be aware on a personal level, which is extremely important in order for growth to occur. In the same way, it allows people to create a division from others and their influences. The image of independence stands strong as we convince ourselves we do not need each other to prosper.
We encourage as well as create the hate and the ignorance and the division we claim we want removed. We are so fixated on our own personal gain that we disregard anything and everything that does not benefit us. We begin to mislead one another with this mindset of a false reality. I, too, was at fault until I became conscious of the world around me.
If you looking for an example, there are daily reminders for us to stand strong and united whether it is plastered all over the media or it is an experience of our own. For instance, the horrific shooting that happened in Orlando, Fla. on June 12 at the Pulse nightclub took the lives of 49 people as well as injured 53. In that moment and the stories to follow after, people were united. Individuals began their support groups, gave their heartfelt speeches, shared a post, gave their like, or typed "amen" as they usually do when a tragedy happens.
I have noticed that this only seems to happen momentarily as people slowly subside back to their daily routines. They no longer speak on behalf of the support they so passionately held.
Nevertheless, Omar Mateen, the shooter, and stories alike make people conscious. It is important that individuals become aware of themselves and how they interact with the world around them. The conscious state allows one's self to be a part of something bigger than themselves. It allows people to actively as well as continuously become educated on different walks of life.
I understand that some situations cannot be avoided, but if I have learned anything, it is that education goes a long way. As Abraham Lincoln once said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." So I urge my audience members to start educating yourself and others. Take the time to understand things rather than ignore them. Be mindful. Be understanding. Most importantly, be active with the world around you. You may never know what you could do for someone or what someone can do for you.