The movie Forrest Gump touched, moved, and inspired people 20+ years ago. The life lessons from the movie are just as relevant today as they were back in 1994. They give the movie it’s timeless nature.
This series is dedicated to listing the many life lessons from the movie that we can incorporate into our daily lives to feel more peace and love … and to live our lives with Gumption.
All People Are Equal
When Forrest was invited to the White House for the third time to meet the President of the United States, he stated somewhat sarcastically, “So I went again. And I met the President of the United States … again.”
Again was emphasized in a way that implied:
- Not a big deal
- Old hat
- A burden -but he’ll do it because it’s his responsibility
Forrest wasn’t overly impressed with either the trappings of the White House or the importance of meeting the President of the United States.
I believe it was because he saw all people as equal.
- We all put our pants on one leg at a time
- We are all simply fellow human beings
- We all have our uniqueness and special purpose in this lifetime
That’s not to imply that Forrest wasn’t respectful of the President, he simply saw the President as another human being. Worthy of respect, but equal as an individual. Equal as a unique, special person.
All people are equal
Too often we view celebrities as special and attribute God-like qualities.
Today’s society grants status for simply being famous – irregardless of accomplishment or character.
We place people on pedestals without understanding if and why they should be admired.
Forrest simply saw all people as individuals. Worthy of respect. Special in their uniqueness. And equal to himself and to all others as fellow human beings.