so what is it that keeps them in check? Our ethos? Someone, at some point, teaches us all right from wrong. And that’s why we (most of us, anyway), can entertain these thoughts without acting on them.
I’m always intrigued by how humans have this ability to hold these ideas in their heads — these…
Stella J. McKenna

I think a combination of these — someone certainly teaches right from wrong, but why do the lessons take hold in some, while not in others? My belief? The capacity for empathy and compassion. And the way to those two elements, at least for me, is through reading literature.