compass for navigation, like any good inventor knows, is made with a
piece of magnetized and a simple metal pin, but the makings of a moral
compass are not as clear. Some believe that all are born with a moral
compass, like an appendix or the fear of worms. According to others, the
moral compass develops over time, as you discover the decisions of
others, observing the world and reading books. In any case, a moral
compass seems to be a delicate thing, and as people grow and venture into the
world, often it becomes increasingly difficult to understand in which
direction lies the needle tip, and increasingly difficult to decide which is
the best thing to do.
Lemony Snicket, 'The End' 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'