There is no right way of doing a wrong thing

“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience” – Mahatma Gandhi

How does one decide if a certain thing is right or wrong? Is there a fine line already drawn which needs to be figured out? Or is there no line at all? The notion of right and wrong is fed to the mind by multiple factors over a period of time. Society, traditions, personal experiences are few of the many factors involved. But conscience is what guides it to the right path. But guiding is all it does.

Once known that the goal is wrong, could there be a right way to achieve it? Is there a right path to reach the wrong destination? A theft cannot be justified if the thief returns your documents and not your money. An apology after committing a crime is not the right way either. A wrongdoing is wrong in its entirety. It cannot be undone or fixed. There might be debates on the circumstances under which these actions are performed. Perception matters in most cases. Society might be wrong in its own perception. But as Voltaire says, “The safest course is to do nothing against one’s conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death”.

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