The practical revolutionary will understand Goethe’s ‘conscience is the virtue of observers and not of agents of action’; in action, one does not always enjoy the luxury of a decision that is consistent both with one’s individual conscience and the good of mankind. The choice must always be for the latter. Action is for mass salvation and not for the individual’s personal salvation. He who sacrifices the mass good for his personal conscience has a peculiar conception of ‘personal salvation’; he doesn’t care enough for people to be ‘corrupted’ for them.
Saul D. Alinsky
I guess he’s seeing it as selfish. But if you can never act in accordance with your conscience, then what’s the use of having one in the first place? And if you don’t have an active conscience…who the hell are you? And why are your conscience and the mass salvation so far removed from each other in the first place?