“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the count of conscience. It supersedes all other courts. “–Mohandas Gandhi
According to Dictionary.com:
Ethic is defined as: “that branch of philosophydealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect tothe rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to thegoodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.”
Conscience is defined as: “the inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct ormotives, impelling one toward right action”
Ethics in the society’s perspective of right and wrong and what is good and bad. Conscience is within each individual, and is that inner voice that holds each person self- accountable for their actions, according to their own moral compass. Conscious is a personal ethic code by which every person lives by, mixing ethics with personal feelings.
In Mohandas Gandhi’s quote, he compares one’s own conscience higher than any other justice system court. Most people punish and judge themselves a lot harder than their peer’s do, to the point where they couldn’t live with themselves after doing an “unethical” act. Conscience carries feelings like guilt, fear, and shame direct people towards the right action, so that they could live with themselves.
The angel and devil over your shoulder that guide you through your life are your morals, and your conscious is the strength and to which you up hold your morals. Feeling bad after committing a “wrong” act, and instantly regretting in when your conscience has kicked in.