Narrated by a man named Nick Carraway, The Great Gatsby's very first two sentences says:
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had” (Fitzgerald 1).
When I was young, my mother always told me "if you don't having anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." I feel like these two quotes connect in a way: don't condemn people. Nowadays, everyone gossips about everyone and I would be lying if I say I don't gossip about people. It's easier to be mean and judgmental than to be nice and understanding. The thing is, though, that gossiping gets no one anywhere, it just causes pain and misery. People don't have anything better to do, so they cause drama. I know it's hard not to engage in gossip when someone around you is talking about it, especially if you're nosy like I am, but like I said in my last blog self-control is key to a well-functioning life. Life is already filled with heartache and grief, why add to it?