One of my favorite books and movies is Forrest Gump. Yesterday I dig in my library the book The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump. The book is wonderful, so is the Introduction to it. Read, please.
In Forrest Gump, Winston Groom created the ideal citizen for the modern world – a perfect idiot.
But there is a world of difference between being dumb and being wrong. Think of the most moronic things you have ever said. No doubt they fell mostly into the categories of “I hate you,” “I love you,” “I need another drink,” and “I quit.” These may have been unintelligent statements, but were they incorrect? Forrest isn’t wrong much, either.
Now think about the most imbecilic things that have ever been done on earth – the Cultural Revolution in China, World War I, “Beverly Hills 90210.” Every one of them was done by smart people. There’s a world of difference between smart and worth-a-damn, too.
We should never hesitate to listen to a fool about life because life is pretty foolish as far as I can tell. And the great thing about hearing from a birdbrain is that we can all understand what he’s saying. Here’s quote from a well-known genius:
The mass of the sun curves space-time in such a way that although the earth follows a straight path in four-dimensional space-time, it appears to move along a circular orbit in three-dimensional space.
- Stephen W. Hawking,
A Brief History of Time
Can you understand that? Me neither. Here is a quote from Forrest Gump:
Do not try to cut your own hair.
People outsmart themselves all the time, but you can’t practice self-deception if you are so dull-witted that you always see right through everything you are doing. Or, as Forrest says:
Some people, like me, are born idiots, but many more become stupider as they go along.
- The Wit and Wisdom of Forrest Gump
by Winston Groom
So, in conclusion, drop your mask and attitude buddy. God loves you the way you are as long as you do not feel to superior to the others.
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