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Conscience [May. 23rd, 2008|11:18 am]
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I'd be interested to hear others' thoughts (and/or sources) on the relationship between the parts of the soul, the Negative Confession, and conscience.  Apart from social morality, which varies from culture to culture, is there an inborn "conscience" that trues the soul like Ma'at's plumb bob?  If so, why is it occluded in many people, and what puts folks back in touch with it?  What's the relationship between conscience and collective, particularly when they may disagree? (as around slavery or war or excessive consumerism, for example?).  What's the relationship between conscience and the didacticism of the wisdom literature?  Between conscience and the "Dialog between a man and his Ba" ?  Does the lightness of the soul, relative to feather, indicate the quality of a pristine conscience?  Is all occlusion of conscience due to isfat?

[User Picture]From: asetwoman
2008-05-23 05:08 pm (UTC)
Why some people seem to have lost a connection with their consciences has been something I've thought about in recent years. I meditated on this once. Well, it was sort of by accident, but the gist of what I concluded was that generally speaking, it's a choking off of one person's connection to the universe. It's a connection to the universe and to all other living things (and non-living, really) that gives a person empathy, in my mind. And empathy is key to the conscience.

I hadn't thought about it in exactly this way until you brought it up, but I wonder if culturally we can suppress parts of our ability to empathize. Slavery and such can be an example of cultural suppression of empathy and conscience.

They're not Kemetic-specific and they're not particularly expressed well here, but those are my thoughts.
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[User Picture]From: divineaspect
2008-05-23 05:55 pm (UTC)
Collective awareness of rights and common good emerges from the recognition of wrongs done, usually to others. This recognition requires empathy (as Asetwoman pointed out) sufficient to overcome US:THEM boundaries which I feel is Isfret's most terrible weapon against Ma'at.

When a people, or a person, recognizes that their behaviors are part of the problem, that a world (even just their world) would be better without a given thing, they gain the option to turn their back on Isfret and move Towards a state of Ma'at. When society as a whole does so, eventually we abandon one order and gain a new one which is often a little bit more Ma'at then the one before, though there have been some lateral moves.

I would suggest that the lightness of the soul, relative to the feather, which is Ma'at, is the similarity of the soul to ma'at. Souls which are more in alignment with Ma'at's principles are more suitable for interaction among similar such souls and the gods.

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