Warsan Garrow
3 min readDec 25, 2023

Rational or emotional

How is our conscientiousness regulated, and is it more rational than it would be emotionally bound? And the role of religious inclination.

Conscientiousness is not tangible and is often associated with spirituality.

It does not have to be.

Conscientiousness is the antidote to chaos.

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For everything to function, i.e., our societies, we need conscientious leaders and other equally conscientious citizens.

Does this mean one who disregards the existence of a higher being is lacking in conscience? Are atheists conscientiousless? Would their inclination to evil be higher for that sole reason: a lack of compass?

Not necessarily. There are many JUST agnostics and atheists with the best of hearts and who even do ‘God’s work’. One thing atheists often pride themselves on is their ability to stand above all religious conduct, including the kerfuffle.

All the atheists I have known always used the argument of religion being the culprit for all turmoil in the world.

Not per se the case, but it is what their profound understanding has brought them.

And yes, the army and the navy have many atheists.

Atheists take part in wars, too.

Even without religion, there would still be war, suffering, and all sorts of mayhem, so there is something to the atheist argument, but it’s not an ultimate conclusion we can settle on.

Religion, in general, has always been the structure that creates order in our societies. The pillar we used as a cheat sheet to carve out our laws in the first place, the starting principles that gave us a sense of direction in morals and ethics. It has taught us hope and the belief and value of the common good.

When need be, even an atheist with a terminal condition will visit a religious side of his likeness.

Conscientiousness is more encompassing than just the conscience as it strongly correlates to emotions.

One’s rootedness in a core belief system, arguably a higher being. Whether that is consciously determined or can be translated as something that is a chronic consequence and a cultural denominator is difficult.

That aspect makes things vague for most conscious, non-believers.

From their perspective, It’s an abyss, a farce, a lie made up by our ancestors grasped out of the air — “fingerspitzengefül” like a German guy who knows how to utilize his spider-sense.

But if the existence of a higher being is a fairytale and everything around us also came out of nothing, we were in the same fairytale, except for those more conscious about the depth of the abyss. Contrasting others who choose to exist in nothingness.

One will, therefore, argue that one’s core beliefs are only the result of one’s upbringing and that free will was always out of the equation.

The same argument undoubtedly goes the other way; culture and geography can not be excluded. That is where the conscious comes in as the gateway.

The conscience is a limitless, universal aspect of being.

Everyone has a conscience, but once applied, one is conscientious.

Everyone, unless mentally unfit, knows right from wrong.

Therefore, we can quickly put the concept of conscientiousness to rest as the ruler over the emotional compound within ourselves. After all, our rationale overrules our emotions and functionally navigates us through.




Warsan Garrow

Observer, Critical Thinker, General Enthusiast & Passionate writer❣ My work is intended for educational purposes | warsangarrow.