Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Courage without conscience is a wild beast

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.
- Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (1833-1899)

Doing any act without conscience is fundamentally antisocial. It means doing it without regard for others that may be harmed in the process.

Doing acts that require courage without the balance of conscience is what many would call madness.

Some may call it "carefree" or "youthful vigor" but in older people it's madness. Society puts people in prison or mental hospitals for it.

And yet, we are not born with conscience. We learn it, or not, as children. Most kids learn it within the first five years of their lives--before they begin school.

It makes sense for us to teach lessons about matters of conscience to young children in the first few years of school to ensure that they don't exhibit "courage without conscience" as adults.

It would cost nothing and save us huge amounts in taxes and other forms of personal loss later.

It's the TIA way.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to prepare children to become sane, loving and productive adults.
Learn more at http://billallin.com/cgi/index.pl

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