Conscience Project

Conscience describes both the process of ethical decision making itself and a person’s connection to and awareness of their ideas about what is good and right. Although conscience is sometimes seen as similar to a ‘gut instinct’, it’s more than that. It’s basically our ‘moral muscle’. It informs us of our values and principles and serves as the standard we use to judge whether or not our actions are ethical.

Our conscience enables us to be ethically self-aware. In Ancient Greece, the entrance to the Delphic Oracle was emblazoned with the words “know thyself” – words which apparently inspired Socrates to spend his life seeking knowledge and wisdom. A conscience which is both well formed (shaped by education and experience) and well informed (aware of facts, evidence and so on) enables us to know ourselves and our world and act accordingly.

The medieval philosopher Thomas Aquinas believed our conscience emerged from synderesis [sin-dee-ree-sis] – the ‘spark of conscience’. He literally meant the human mind’s ability to understand the world in moral terms. Conscience was the process by which a person brought the principles of synderesis into a practical situation through our decisions. 

This suggests there are basically two elements to conscience (and the related concepts different philosophers have used):ethical awareness and ethical decision making. Awareness speaks to our ability to recognise ethical values and principles. Decision making is about our ability to make practical decisions in light of those values and principles. Both these elements are crucial to living an ethical life.

The idea of conscience not as an intuition or gut instinct but as a process of decision making is also present in the writings of Aristotle. He described phronesis [fro-nee-sis], the goodness of practical reason or the ability to evaluate a situation clearly so we would know how to act virtuously under the circumstances. Seeing conscience in this way is important because it teaches us ethics is not innate. It requires us to continuously work to understand our surroundings – to be well informed.

Conscience Art

Conscience in the World

We speak with the Conscience Alphabet

A – Appreciation
B – Balanced/Brotherly
C – Compassion/Creativity
D – Democracy/Dialogue
E – Education/Equality/Empathy
F – Fraternity/Freedom
G – Generosity
H – Hope/Harmony/Human rights

I – Inclusion
J – Justice
K – Kindness
L – Love
M – Mild/Magnanimous
N – Non-Violence
O – Offer
P – Pardon/Peace

Q – Quiet
R – Reconciliation/Respect
S – Solidarity
T – Tranquility/Together
U – Unity
V – Vitality
W – Welcome
Y – Youth

Cloaks of the World

The CLOAK is the Symbol for a changed perception after the Covid-19 pandemic, based on a new ethical and moral conscience.

Anna Chromy has developed the Cloaks of the World as a sign that we can only get out of this, and coming crisis’s, all together, united, hand in hand; the rich and the poor of all nations, religions, and cultures.

Conscience Art

Conscience Art has always existed in all artistic forms of creation, Music, Fine Art, Literature, a. o., because Conscience is eternal.

It is the part of art, which treats the questions regarding life and death, and thus appeals directly to our sentiments, to our soul.

Conscience Art takes us beyond our material life on Earth, like the Requiems of the great composers, the aptly named Soul Music of Mahalia Jackson a.o., or the Pietas of the Masters of Fine Art.

In the year 1980, Anna Chromy created the foundation for what she called afterwards “Conscience Art”, her painting “To be or not to be”. It shows for the first time the image of what would become the “Cloak of Conscience”.

Professor David Punter from Bristol University in the UK compares in his book “The Literature of Pity” major representations of the theme of love beyond death by Michelangelo, Van Gogh and others, and comes to the conclusion that Anna Chromy’s Cloak of Conscience is the most logic interpretation of Pity for our contemporary world (www.annachromy.com/david-punter).

Besides the Cloak Anna Chromy has declined the philosophy of Conscience also in her other works.

In Drawings in Madame Butterfly, Tree of Life a.o.

In Paintings: After a first period, which borrowed from surrealistic and visionary tendencies of the time, Anna’s works evolved in Chromatology into a more specific way to tackle the main problems of today in ethics, science, the environment, spirituality and social development.

In Sculptures: In Myths of the Mediterranean the way how this formative period of our European culture affects until today the way we think and interpret ourselves; In Music of the Rivers by using the universal language of music for a dialogue among civilizations.