Limbaugh shared thoughts on human conscience, that "little voice"March 21, 2005 1:58 PM EST ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF
While commenting on the Terri Schiavo case, nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh urged his listeners to always follow their conscience. On the March 18 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh told his listeners to "[l]isten to it [your conscience] all the time," and conceded, "We all try to drown that inner voice. We all try to muffle it -- mute it":
LIMBAUGH: Look, folks, every human being has a little voice inside. And it is my contention that the reason that there's so much depression -- and I'm exempting clinical depression here. But, the reason so many people down in the dumps -- there's always a voice in your head. And you know when you're doing something wrong. You know -- that little voice tells you. That's your conscience -- whatever you wanna call it. And, when you know you're engaged in something that's wrong -- when you know you're making an incorrect decision or you're not doing something that you really should do that's in your own best interest, but you're lying to yourself, you think it is in your best interest to not do something, or verse visa [sic] -- that little voice is always there. And I think the voice nags a lot of people.
And so we all -- I'm not exempting myself from this. We all try to drown that inner voice. We all try to muffle it, mute it. And we come up with explanations that make ourselves feel magnanimous, compassionate, decent, and good. I don't doubt anybody who thinks their heart's in the right place on this. But I would ask all of you to listen to your internal voice on this matter of life and death and killing and this sort of thing.
And if you do have that little voice nagging at you, listen to it. Listen to it all the time. That little voice will save you so much trouble -- you can't believe to know until you start listening to it. In all aspects and walks of life. Now, there are some exceptions, of course, the criminally insane and just the born evil -- but who's to know? They probably have a voice, too. Just listen to it instead of making up excuses to make yourself feel better -- and that's what you'll end up doing.