one in the same action from
not doing nothing
Mr. Oscar Wilde said in his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, that “Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.“
In the novel, Basil Hallward is talking with Lord Henry.
Basil says, “…it was not conscience that made me do so: it was a sort of cowardice. I take no credit to myself for trying to escape.”
Lord Henry replies, “Conscience and cowardice are really the same things, Basil. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. That is all”
Conscience and cowardice are really the same things.
Conscience is the trade-name of the firm.
That is all.
Cannot say why this passage was on my mind of late.
But aren’t they interesting words?
I looked up the words in the online Webster’s.
The sense or consciousness of the moral goodness or blameworthiness of one’s own conduct, intentions, or character together with a feeling of obligation to do right or be good.
Lack of courage or firmness of purpose.
Really the same things.
That is all.
As Big Bill put it:
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.
(Hamlet, Act III, Scene I)
Very deep stuff for a Saturday.
Thankfully there is always Langston Hughes’ Motto:
I play it cool
And dig all jive
That’s the reason
I stay alive.
As I live and learn,
Dig And Be Dug
Dig And Be Dug In Return.
Can we get that on our money?