The following post was written three years ago in 2019. It still has relevance, in my view.
I have written a few posts on asking more why questions, but let me define a few dumb questions, in the spirit of a fictitious character, Forrest, Forrest Gump. It is amazing how these questions don’t leap off the news pages or out of cyberspace.
In know particular order…
Help me understand how the president can cause a problem, then get kudos (or claim such), when he solves (or lessens) his own problem?
Forrest Gump answered his drill sergeant’s question of his purpose? “To do exactly what you tell me to do, drill sergeant!” The drill sergeant called Gump a “genius” for his answer.
Help me understand how one of the largest US Christian denominations cannot resolve conflict and will be splitting in two? What message does that send?
Forrest Gump’s girl Jenny gave Forrest the best answer to danger. What should he do? “Run, Forrest, run.”
Help me understand how legislators, presidential candidates and current president don’t seem to care that our annual deficit and debt are exploding?
Forrest’s mama answered her son’s question of what is his destiny? “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you are going to get.”
How can people not see the intense and elongated forest fires in Australia, Brazil and California and not think we have a new paradigm with our heating planet?
Forrest got a Purple Heart. When asked where he was shot, he said “I got shot in the buttocks. They said it was a million dollar wound, but I haven’t seen any of that money.”
How can people feel that putting a face on an opposing argument, then beating on that person can pass for reasoned counter argument (think Al Gore and Greta Thunberg)?
Lieutenant Dan showed up at dockside to honor his promise that he would be Forrest’s first mate if he got a shrimp boat. He told Forrest he wanted to get his “sea legs.” Forrest said, “But, you don’t have no legs.” “Yes, I know this,” Lt. Dan replied.
Help me understand why important people are so cavalier with their reputations by spending time with Jeffrey Epstein and underage girls (think Prince Andrew, Donald Trump, Bill Clinton)?
Forrest answered Bubba’s mother when she asked “if he was crazy or just plain stupid?” Forrest uttered his classic line, “Stupid is as stupid does.” That is a profound statement.
Let me close with another Forrest observation. One of the key parts of the story is his relationship with Bubba, an African-American man he met in Vietnam. There is a metaphor in the middle of the movie, where Bubba asks Forrest to lean his back up against his, so that they both could sleep sitting up and stay out of the mud. Reminds me of a song called “Lean on me.” If we just do more of that, we can both stay out of the mud.
I remember this post very well. It is fascinating how much some politicians could learn from Forest Gump.
Erika, truly. Maybe they should ask what would Forrest say or do? The answer might keep them out of trouble. Keith
That would be a good approach indeed. I mean, sometimes it would suffice, if they simply made one step back, count from 10 to 1 and look at the bigger picture before the act or speak. My father always said: “What’s the first thing you need to do before you do anything? Think!”
Erika, that would help immensely. Maybe, just maybe, one of our politicians might rethink that inane or mean statement. Keith
Note to Readers: I must have liked this post because I did a reprise back in November. Oh well, I did add a new paragraph at the end.
Clever and truly well said. Love this Keith.. loved that movie so poignant and true❣️
Thanks Cindy. The movie makes you smile. Keith
Smiling is awesome! ❤️
Note to Readers: A couple of other pearls of wisdom from the movie. Lt. Dan’s key advice is “Take care of your feet and try not to get shot.” Of course, on the shores of America that advice works here too. Or, the most poignant line from the movie said by Forrest, “I am not a smart man, but I know what love is.”
I need to watch the movie again I think
David, if you are like me, I can never get enough of good movies, especially with great quotes. Keith