Does everyone have a sense of right and wrong? Is the ability to differentiate between moral and immoral behavior built into all of us?

Odd Thomas, one of my absolute favorite fictional characters created by Dean Koontz, states the case like this.

“We are born with intuition, which includes the natural law, a sense of right and wrong. (However) a lot of people rebel so continually against natural law that not only does that part of their intuition atrophy but also every other aspect of it.”

With the seventh anniversary of the murder of Stacey Burns just days away, Odd Thomas made me think about the natural law, the law that gives all human beings the right to live their lives without fear, with confidence that others will do the right thing. Just before receiving my first holy communion in the Catholic Church at age seven (a very long time ago) I was told that I had reached the age of reason. I was  responsible for my sins because I now knew the difference between right and wrong. The nuns and priests who told me that were correct. My intuition still tells me (many, many years later) what behavior is right and what behavior is wrong. This is the  natural law at work.

My question? Do you think the person (or persons) responsible for Stacey’s death know the difference between right and wrong? Of course! That is, unless their intuition is atrophied to such a point that their immorality is an ingrained part of their personality. They know the difference but simply do not care. Logically, if they do not care, they are in violation of the natural law and represent a pathetic excuse for a human being yet deserve no pity. Ultimately, every human being has free will; the future is fluid, not cast in stone.

It is time for this pathetic excuse to be exposed. Seven years is too long, isn’t it?