Pay It Forward
The movie, “Pay it Forward,” is an inspiring tale about a young boy, Trevor McKinney, who accepts a challenge given to him by a teacher at school and sets out to change the world. He comes across many obstacles along the way, but with perseverance and bravery, he ultimately succeeds in creating a movement that becomes the first step in helping make the world better.
Trevor’s world-changing idea is to do favors for three people, and in return, ask them to do favors for three other people each. This is the idea of “paying it forward.” When Trevor first introduces this plan, many people dismiss it because of its great naivety and simplicity. In today’s time, mankind has fallen so deep into sin that often times we forget how easy it is to serve others and do good deeds. Trevor’s idea is not a failure, but instead, people fail to see the greatness in it because it sounds so easy; one would only imagine that it would take much more than people doing a few favors to suddenly improve the world. It is only because we are so blinded by sin such as selfishness, greed, and self-interest that we don’t always remember we are called to be charitable and help those in need. If I was told to participate in this project, I would admire the idea and even go through with it. However, I would have my doubts as to whether or not other people would respect the idea as well and follow through with it. Even if I did my part, I don’t think enough people would be so selfless as to continue it and change the world. With a turn of events, Trevor’s project begins to work and people continue to pass on favors. The concept does not originally appeal to people because it seems childish. However, it begins to take hold when people actually start to act out what the project calls for. I believe that people finally become inspired by something when they experience it for themselves. Objectively, pay-it-forward can seem too cheesy. However, when someone does something selfless and...
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