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the Great and the Not So Great characters in The Great Gatsby................

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“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Watched "The Great Gatsby" with the monkeys on Saturday night. We all loved it. A love story, yes. A story about betrayal, yes. A tragic ending, yes. I had a conversation with a dear friend of mine that same day. He had talked about meeting a friend who he has known for a long time. They both got into some trouble years ago, his friend paid his dues (let's just say), my friend "got away with it". Years later he has finally let go of some of his guilt. He says to me, "my friend paid for our mistake for 3 months, I have paid for it for now over 20 years." Hours later I watch this movie with the monkeys. Although, Gatsby was killed for crimes that he didn't commit (which was sad), the true tragedy in all of it was the other two characters who "got away with it all". Or, did they? The movie ended with them "running away" from life as they knew it.....but like the story that my friend told, even though we don't "get caught" or "pay the price" for our dishonest actions, it doesn't mean we don't pay in another way, through guilt or the laws of cause and effect. More than meets the eye in this life. I had forgotten about the movie yesterday and my conversation with my dear friend UNTIL I witnessed a wedding last night. The scene looked similar to "The Great Gatsby" parties (a much smaller scale) and I was reminded again of the lesson that has stuck with me all weekend. And as my dear mother has said to me ever since I was a child with many many questions about the fairness or lack of in life...."the truth shall set you free." Be good to people. Be real. Be kind. Be truthful. I think that is the key to happiness right there....and personal FREEdom.
“Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.” - Gatsby
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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