PAY IT FORWARD

I hardly ever purchase videos, figuring I can always rent any movie I want to see a second time and in the process save storage space. But that changed with Pay It Forward.

Pay It Forward is a movie that teaches an often repeated but seldom practiced message: if you see something wrong with the world you live in, donít complain or become part of the problem, begin to change it. The same message is found in Michael Jacksonís Man in the Mirror. In Pay It Forward an 11-year-old takes the class challenge of developing an idea for making the world a better place and comes up with the concept of paying for our future benefits by giving like benefits to others now, paying it forward. The giver would do someone a favor-- something really big, that they could not do for themselves, and instead of paying back the favor, the beneficiary would do similar favors for three other people with the same conditions for each. Good deeds would multiply exponentially, and the world would be better.

Pay It Forward stars Haley Joel Osment as Trevor, the 11-year- old with the idea and Kevin Spacey as the teacher making the challenge and planting the seed. Youíve probably already seen it so I am not spoiling anything by telling you that Trevorís idea was recognized by his classmates as the best submitted, but his implementation ends tragically when he befriends another student under physical attack.

The film ends with Trevorís idea taking route all over his city and around the world as the news of his death emerges. It is almost as though good comes from his death.

A great movie with a great and uncomplicated message. Such a clear and simple solution, itís a wonder it has not been identified and applied on a grand scale? It can only be the fear of unrequited time and effort that keeps us from doing the good we know to do, making the investment in others we know we should?

/ WL/ SS