What Did You Ever Do to Change The World?
Young Trevor McKinney, troubled by his mother's alcoholism and fears of his abusive but absent father, is caught up by an intriguing assignment from his new social studies teacher, Mr. Simonet. The assignment: think of something to change the world and put it into action. Trevor conjures the notion of paying a favor not back, but forward--repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people. Trevor's efforts to make good on his idea bring a revolution not only in the lives of himself, his mother and his physically and emotionally scarred teacher, but in those of an ever-widening circle of people completely unknown to him. Written by Jim Beaver
i was once watched this movie on HBO channel. at a first glimpse it doesn't even have a catchy title, i thought it was about some kind of mafia in economy world that i'm totally not interested in. but i give it a try then turned out to be one of the most life changing movie i've ever watched.
the idea behind this movie is totally simple and applicable. when someone (let's named it A) did any form of kindness to you, you do not give any kindness to A back, but forward to three people that needed more than A. simple thing that i've never thought of. thinking of that idea, imagine how many people lifes would be helped and the world will started to seem like one place that's finally comfortable living at.
let's take a simple example. You were afraid to cross the crowded street alone then some guy helped you. automatically you'd say 'thanks', but thanks is not enough. in this world of 'pay it forward' you have to help 3 more person until you're free from owe that guy's help. seems difficult, huh? you only helped once but then you have to help 3times.
|"I guess it's hard for people who are so used to things the way they are - even if they're bad - to change. 'Cause they kind of give up. And when they do, everybody kind of loses."- Trevor McKenney|
i've started living in this chain of 'pay it forward' ever since i watched this movie. quite hard, &sometimes I only help once to pay the kindness forward, but at least i try &i have a faith when people started to believe it's far more important to pay it forward than pay it back, we'll make one-hell-of-a-heaven-on earth :)