Nick is the moral center of the novel, and he sees how hollow the lives of the other characters are. Though attracted to Jordan, he recognizes her inability to make a commitment to anyone. He doesn't have the romanticism of Gatsby and sees the lives of the people on West Egg for what it is, false and unmeaningful. Nick inherited his code of conduct from his father, so he tells the story without judging the other people. Whenever he feels the urge to criticize, his father said to remember "that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had". Nick's solid background in the Midwest allows him to see life as it really is. Nick feels for Gatsby in the end, telling him that he's better than the "whole rotten bunch put together". Nick is able to distinguish between good and bad, appearances and reality, and truth from lies. He's a reliable narrator, but at the same time, he's a sincere narrator.