| 10 May 2005 @ 16:07, by Scotty|
Forrest Gump died and went to heaven. When he got to the Pearly Gates,
Saint Peter told him that new rules were in effect due to the advances
in education on earth. In order to gain admittance a prospective
Heavenly Soul must answer three questions.
1. Name two days of the week that begin with "T".
2. How many seconds are in a year?
3. What is God's first name?
Forrest thought for a few minutes and answered..
1. The two days of the week that begin with "T" are Today and Tomorrow."
2. There are 12 seconds in a year."
3. God has two first names: Andy and Howard."
Saint Peter said, "OK I'll buy Today and Tomorrow, even though
it's not the answer I expected, your answer is correct. But how
did you get 12 seconds in a year and why did you ever think that
God's first name was either Andy or Howard?" Forrest responded,
"Well, January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd, etc......" OK, I
give" said Saint Peter, "but what about the God's first name stuff?"
Forrest said "Well, from the song... Andy walks with me, Andy talks
with me, Andy tells me I am his own...? and the prayer... Our Father
who art in Heaven Howard be thy name...." Saint Peter let him
in without further ado.
Some of us really are quite unique - we don't see things the same way as most other people !
Doesn't mean though that we don't have the answers to lifes questions - nor that we won't get to where we're going !
"Jenny: Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you're gonna be?
Forrest: Who I'm gonna be?
Forrest: Aren't I going to be me?"
"In Forrest Gump, there are the two main characters - Forrest and Jenny. Forrest starts from a place of humility, because he's mentally challenged.
But he's smart enough to know that he's mentally challenged. So he's humble. And so what he constantly says throughout the movie is "Momma used to say..."
"Momma" represents the collective wisdom of mankind down through the ages. Forrest Gump is humble enough to realize that he's not smart enough to re-create the wisdom of the ages in one lifetime, so he's going to accept the wisdom of the ages - he's going to do what he's told to do by the wisdom of the ages, represented by the archetype of his mother.
And as a result of that, he accomplishes what Zen says - "Walk, don't wobble." He just walks in a straight line with his life. He lives according to principles. And then . . . miracles happen for him as a result. He goes to Vietnam and becomes a war hero, he captains a shrimp boat and becomes a millionaire, he meets about four different U.S. presidents, and so on.
Meanwhile, back at the hacienda, you've got his girlfriend, Jenny - the girl who's rejected him. She represents modern man.
And she's too smart, she'd too clever, she's not going to be bound by all these old traditions and old-fashioned notions about "right" and "wrong" and sexual morality and all that - she's going to finesse life and take all the shortcuts...
- and it's a classic tortoise and hare story. The tortoise - Forrest - just keeps plodding along, and when he comes to a brick wall, he just puts his head through it. Jenny - after going through a lot of hell, to the point of being suicidal - eventually comes back around to realizing that for all his other disadvantages, Forrest was on to something."