Life Lessons from Movies

Dead Poets Society

In Drama, Movies on February 10, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Dead Poets Society (1989) is a drama directed by Peter Weir about a group of students at a private preparatory school, Welton Academy, where their unconventional English teacher, Mr. Keating (Robin Williams), encourages them to seek passion, be freethinkers, and fully express their identity and individuality.

Life Lesson:

Carpe Diem — Seize the Day.

Movie Scene:

Mr. Keating: “Peruse some of the faces from the past … Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see, gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you … Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”

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  1. You can’t live life to the fullest if you are passive. Don’t let life just happen to you. You can be the one in charge of organizing, of creating, the reality you want. It may not work out exactly as planned, but you will have lived a more fulfilling life by trying than by sitting on the sidelines.

  2. In the movie, “following your passion” seems imply doing something artistic, e.g. becoming an actor or a poet. But you can be passionate about technology, computers, programming or science. If you can contribute to the cure for a disease like Alzheimer’s, for example, even if it is a small contribution, your life will have been extraordinary. Anything that you do because you are stirred to do it will make your life extraordinary. It is ordinary only if you follow and obey without ever discovering what you want your mark to be.

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