“In 1994 a movie based on a 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom hit the big screens. The movie? Forrest Gump.
The main character in this movie, Forrest Gump, was a man whose intelligence was well below average. He grew up an only child who was raised by his mother (the movie never explained what happened to this father). The movie followed Forrest’s life from childhood to life as an adult raising his son as a single father.
What struck me about this movie and the character and what possessed me to write about it in my Aikido journal was how very Zen-like Forrest lived his life. Most people would attribute his willingness to accept his situation and whatever people threw his way to the fact that he was dumb or stupid. But the way I see it… He was simple minded. He had simple mind.”