The word is derived from the Latin root “sciens,” which means “knowledge.” In my opinion, this can only be knowledge of the inner relationships that exist between all phenomena. Conscience is in direct contact with pre-sensory perception; it manifests as honesty with ourselves, as truthfulness and conscientiousness. One of its principal qualities is that it grants us absolute freedom of choice: again and again we come into situations in which we have to (and can) decide anew whether we shall follow our conscience or our self-interest.