Nick considers himself to have some advantages in comparison to many of the people he has known, in that he possesses "a sense of the fundamental decencies (that) is parcelled out unequally at birth." Because of this inborn reasonableness and ability to remain objective even when others are displaying "many curious natures", Nick has a particular reliability in relating the story of his life, at least in his opinion. Nick feels he is able to avoid judging others; that he is, instead, able to accept people for whatever and whoever they are. He acknowledges faults and shortcomings as well as abilities and achievements, but is not swayed by either, which means he can associate with all types of personalities without being overly influenced by them. "Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope."