I watched this movie called Pay it forward, a few weeks back with K. There is nothing new in this movie. It is not something we aren’t aware of, atleast sub-consciously. The movie revolves around a simple concept of how one person who initiates a good act can do so much good to the world. The concept is called “pay it forward” – as in, you pass on the good deed/act/help to another individual.
Let me illustrate this by sharing it from the movie. I just made a rough sketch so you know what it is.
So one person helps 3 people, and then those 3 help another 3 and you can imagine what’d happen as this goes on. The movie is a beautiful start. I will not spoil it for you but just strongly urge you to watch it.
You may think of this as being obvious. But who doesn’t need reminders, right? In this world where not all the good deeds are returned favourably always or where not everyone appreciates you as much as you deserve (or you think you deserve), it is easy to lose enthusiasm and initiative.
But somewhere along, we will realize the power of a good deed, a helpful act (and we are not going to define good and bad for am sure all of us have our ways of defining it and keeping our conscience happy). Without knowing, you’d have passed it on someway. So everytime we think that one person cannot change the world, we must remind ourselves to think twice. And remind ourselves to look at so many examples. We can start small, right?
I love this quote from the movie where Trevor says:
“Some people are too scared or something to think things can be different. The world’s not exactly…shit. I guess it’s hard for some people who are so used to things the way they are – even if they are bad – to change and they kinda give up and when they do, everybody loses.”
P.S. Movie added to cinema corner 🙂