Sunday, January 22, 2012

Whenever you feel like critizicing anyone," he told me, "just remember: Nick Carraway


As Nick Carraway opens his narration of Gatsby, he tells us about his father's advice:
"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
With the Republican primaries in full explosion --South Carolina, just after Iowa and New Hampshire, and moving on to Florida -- I feel sorry for Mitt Romney.

Why? must one feel sorry for a wealthy man? It's not a case of envy --as he defines criticism of his wealth-- but a case of character. In overcoming the Freudian shadow of his father, he has been relentless in his criticism of others, but especially Newt Ginrich and President Obama.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a fine novelist who had a deep insight into the flaws of the wealthy. And he was correct in writing:

"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."

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