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Friday, June 21, 2013

The Great Gatsby Reflects Life in the Streets: A Villain is a Villain Regardless of the Intention

Posted By on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 7:41 AM

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My favorite Steve Job's quote is "Stay foolish." If we stay foolish we can achieve things that we typically shouldn't be able to achieve, because we're foolish enough to think they are possible. The Wright Brothers were foolish and created the airplane. Henry Ford stayed foolish and invented the automobile. But this same exact mentality can backfire: Albert Einstein was foolish and created the Atomic Bomb. Harry Truman was even more foolish and dropped two of them on Japan.These things are acceptable because they did them for the "right" reasons, allegedly. People that sell crack think the same exact way and are extremely foolish, but these people are evil, right? Teenagers in the ghetto all across America sell drugs to change their life and give them a fighting chance of getting the girl, the car and the clothes they want.They may not be James Gatsby, but keeping your mother's electricity on and buying some new sneakers for your younger brother sorta defines true love in their world.

I'm sorry, I just see this story from a different lense. This doesn't make their actions right whatsoever. There's a very dark and deceptive element of The Great Gatsby that seems to be ignored by most people. People do things in the name of love that are wrong daily, and their stories aren't romanticized. The so-called crazy Islamic terrorists think love is defined according to their admiration for religion. They love their beliefs so strongly that they kill people in the name of love. Love doesn't erase all debts. James Gatsby was a criminal, folks. He didn't die directly due to his lifestyle, but the energy put out in the world is the energy that comes back to you. So his death indirectly stands as a consequence of his bad choices.

I've lost family members that lived less than praiseworthy lifestyles. They too may not have died due to the direct consequences of their actions. But they did shady and criminal things in the name of love and happiness. At the end of day wrong is wrong. Their stories aren't viewed as outstanding tales of love and victory. I know a thousand personalities that are similar to Gatsby. Unfortunately they aren't viewed as heroes, so this basically ruins my ability to comprehend what's so great. My older brother allegedly committed an insane crime in the name of financially securing a future for his offspring. He allegedly claimed he was motivated by love. Despite his intentions there's a very selfish element to his story. He's currently in prison because love doesn't justify the means. James Gatsby died because he held a similar personality trait. A villain is a villain regardless of the intention.

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