“I am slow-thinking and full of interior rules that act as brakes on my desires….”
— The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Sounds like the words of a very controlled man, depending on how it’s interpreted. For those of you who have read The Great Gatsby you will know that Nick Carraway (the voice of this quote) is a very cool, calm and collected character who seems to be watching those around him fall into the traps of a dysfunctional society (that’s one thing I saw through Nicks eyes).
What I found interesting was this was one of my most re-blogged quotes on tumbler.
I read this quote and thought ‘that is so me’, I am a ‘think before you act’ type person, this usually means I don’t get up to the average person’s definition of fun (in a room full of outgoing champagne poppers). It was good to see that there is a handful of people who live by some sort of interior rules.
Interpretation of this quote:
Interior Rules= ‘life rules’, aka standards, morals, core beliefs
Desires = temptations aka the bad stuff that look good.
To me this quote screamed ‘self-discipline’. Which to me is not a bad trait, but is it in ‘modernised’ society.
“you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment.”
― H. Ross Perot
Overall I’ve always thought this was a society where standards and values are not a priority (I know this only applies to a handful of people). It’s all about YOLO, not caring what others think and living life to the fullest. With celebrities promoting this, it seems to be the best kind of life to have, right?
It’s common to see children shouting at their parents; night life is an excuse to get with the next best thing and anybody; getting so drunk and a shot away from alcohol poisoning is another Friday night for some and talk shows on TV make you wonder if those who chose to participate have any dignity at all (does Maury or Jeremy Kyle bring any scenes?).
Does this happen when an individual has forgotten to set themselves a few life rules?
Then again does having internal rules become a restriction? Maybe it does to those who are trying so hard to fit in.
We like to believe we are our own person and we have complete control, but often I feel that dignity and purpose gets lost when a person has not set themselves some kind of rules to live by, or even knowing their limits (not on dreams though, the sky is always the limit-lets add some optimism!).
Having rules to live by surely isn’t a bad thing. Is it?
“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.”
― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life
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