Xiao Chunlei

PureInsight | October 25, 2007

[] Our ethics
professor is an old man with a full head of gray hair. The first time
he came for our class, the classroom was very noisy. He took off his
glasses and waited for us to quiet down. A few minutes later, we
finally quieted down. He said, "Let's start with the most profound
question. Tell me, what is conscience?"

I sat right in front of him and it was my honor to be picked to answer that question.

"I only know that conscience is something to prevent us from being happy," I said mischievously.

"Are you happy?"

"I feel that I am quite happy."

Our professor said, "I am glad to find someone who is brave enough to admit that he has no conscience. One hundred points!"

The entire class laughed.

The professor said seriously, "I have tried to explore this for many
decades. My conclusion is that God has created perfect human beings,
except for the void in our hearts. Many of us never realize that there
is something missing in our hearts, but a few people sense it. They are
concerned about their imperfection. Some even interrogate or torment
themselves. Slowly, conscience begins to form. Conscience is the most
mysterious thing on earth. Only because you know that you don't have
it, do you really want to have it. Its existence is created by human
beings from nothing. Conscience will not let us obtain happiness,
because we did not come to the Planet Earth to find happiness. We came
down to create and perfect ourselves.  Well, young man, how did
you find that out?"

"I don't like to be questioned."

"Absolutely correct. Fear, worry, and suffering are the paths to conscience."  Our professor put his glasses back on.

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