moral compass

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moral compass

That which serves or guides a person's knowledge, sense, or intuition of correct virtues, morals, or ethics. Our country's moral compass has surely gone awry in recent times, as our priorities seem now to favor the wealthy accumulating more wealth at the expense of any other concern.
See also: compass, moral
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When the moral compasses of our leaders point inward to their own self interests, as opposed to some set of passionately held morals that can guide action.
Youths without moral compasses collide in unsettling ways in Yoshihiro Nagano's deceptively off-the-cuff drama "Recreation." Following in a long Japanese cinema tradition of tales of young people veering off the edge, the pic also marks Nagano as a significant filmmaker on the local scene, which has experienced a recent rise in maverick voices.
(Unlike actual compasses, moral compasses don't all point the same way.) Walker proposed putting the same-sex marriage resolution to a citywide referendum.
IT is interesting how our MPs are refocusing their moral compasses after the grotesque revelations of their expenses claims.