Recently, a friend told me that she’s never seen Forrest Gump before—which is a crime in my house. So I made her watch the movie with me (spoilers ahead).
In light of recent events, this movie has taken on a new meaning for me.
Though Forrest and Jenny started “like peas and carrots,” each of them soon got swept up by a different one of America’s 20th-century cultural currents.
Forrest’s path was classically American: going to college, playing football, serving his country, starting his own business, and going to church.
Jenny, on the other hand, dabbles in counterculture: dropping out of college, becoming a beatnik and then a hippie, joining the anti-war protests, indulging in the sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll of the ‘70s.
In these two characters, I saw a reflection of today’s America—with one side supporting the American tradition and the other opposing it.
Jenny’s path finds her used and abused multiple times, first as a sex worker and then as a girlfriend. While she experiences momentary freedom as a hippie, she eventually devolves into a groupie who steals from the musicians she sleeps with and hits her lowest point when she attempts suicide.
But Forrest never stops loving Jenny, no matter how much their paths deviated from each other. He gets rejected by her multiple times but remains there for her through everything—never imposing, never selfish, never angry, always altruistic.
It’s precisely because of Forrest’s love that Jenny is able to find happiness in the end, and it’s a kind of love that I think we can use more of in our society today.
2020 has shown me the destructive power of the forces that are working against our traditional values. Coming from a communist country, I know that these forces don’t just destroy their enemies: they also destroy the same people who advocate for them.
Many people around me don’t truly understand these forces, however, and they’re people I care for deeply. Like Jenny, they were attracted to the prospect of freedom that these forces offered, and like Jenny, they’re unable to see the destruction that these forces could cause to a person.
It’s not easy, but I think that the best thing I can do for them is to be their Forrest. Even though they may seem to be confident in their decisions now, I have to be there for them with compassion and patience. I have to love them simply and selflessly; I have to stay firm in my own convictions and not give up.
For history tells me that one day, they might regret their decisions. When that day comes, they’re going to need someone there to help bring them back.
— Jeanette S.
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Back in college, I worked part-time at a call center. It was an interesting experience, not in the least because I got the most random comments on my voice. People would try to guess which region of the country I was from (apparently I had no discernible accent) or ask if I did radio or sang.
When I replied that I didn’t, the response was almost always, “Well you should!”
Once, a kind old lady was about to hang up when she asked me, “Sweetie, do you sing?”
“No, but you’re not the first customer who’s asked,” I said. “Maybe I should.”
“You definitely should. You have a lovely voice,” she said.
She paused, then laughed to herself.
“You know, when you hear the same thing from strangers twice, I like to think that’s God trying to tell you a little something.”
Years later, I still don’t sing (or at least not yet). But what that old woman said stuck with me.
So if you need a stranger to tell you this today, here it is: don’t give up hope for goodness in the world. Protect the kindness in your heart. Stay firm in your desire for truth and justice. Rest well so that when the time comes, you can stand up for your principles with integrity and compassion. And when you look back on your life, you can have a clear conscience knowing that you did all you could to live with honor and righteousness.
Yes, it would be easier to just hole up and avoid the news. It would be easier to forget the reality that we’re living in. It would be easier to give up hope. It would be easier to quit my job and find another one where I don’t have to deal with such heavy issues. On some days, despair can look pretty tempting.
But on those days, I remember that I could be someone’s second stranger. I remember that if I can hold onto the goodness in my own heart and not be afraid to live it out, I could perhaps be that message from God for someone else.
I hope that I’m the second stranger to tell you this. If I’m not, if this is the first time you’ve heard this from a stranger, then I hope that a second stranger will be coming your way soon with the same message.
— Jeanette S.
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