I watched Forrest Gump the other day. It is no surprise it is one of the most successful movies of all time, I haven't tired of it :)
Anyhow, toward the end of the film as Gump speaks to Jenny's grave the words made me think of JWs and the WT.
Jenny, I don't know if Momma was right or if, if it's Lieutenant Dan. I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both.
So my understanding is that JW neither believe in destiny or luck? If that is true, what do they believe?
The film leaves us with a question. Are we caught up in destiny or we are floating free in randomness (or a combination of both as per Gump's hunch)?
It seems others are taken with this question and the symbolism present at the close of the film.
Various interpretations have been suggested for the feather present at the opening and conclusion of the film. Sarah Lyall of The New York Times noted several opinions that were made about the feather: "Does the white feather symbolize the unbearable lightness of being? Forrest Gump's impaired intellect? The randomness of experience?" Hanks interpreted the feather as: "Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chance elements to our life and that's kind of the embodiment of the feather as it comes in. Here is this thing that can land anywhere and that it lands at your feet. It has theological implications that are really huge." Sally Field compared the feather to fate, saying: "It blows in the wind and just touches down here or there. Was it planned or was it just perchance? Visual effects supervisor Ken Ralston compared the feather to an abstract painting: "It can mean so many things to so many different people."
Personally, the symbolism speaks of what is written of here
John 3:8 (New International Version)
8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."
2 Corinthians 3:17 (New International Version)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.So how about the WT and those who follow it? Surely their argument that there is no destiny is un-biblical? Romans 8:29-30 Ephesians 1:5 Ephesians 1:11 All the best, Stephen