“We are food for worms lads”
That’s what the professor tells them in one of the most heart wrenching films I have come too love. Carpe diem. Seize the day. The moment. The second. The movie? Dead poets society.
Ok I'm not going to go into detail about the movie because its something that needs too be watch to be truly appreciated. But what I am going to do is to talk about this one scene that means more to me then anything else.
So the proff takes them into this trophy kind of room and then asks one of the boys to recite the following verse
Gather ye rose buds while ye may
While time is still a flying
and this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
Then he goes on to say that the Latin word for the first line is carpe diem. So why does the poet say that?
Because we are food for worms lads.
Basically what the entire speech is about is telling the world that look life isn’t around forever. One day we will all stop breathing. One day we will not exist. So whets the one thing we will leave behind? Our names, Our legacy and the things we did for society.
That is where the problem lays. The way I look at it there are to main categories of people.
1) You have the category that is so self absorbed in their work they forget too enjoy life as it passes. They forget to live for the moment and too appreciate what they all ready have not what they are searching for from their chasing of material things. They are remembered for working hard.
2) The category that is too self absorbed enjoying themselves that they forget to leave something behind. The right legacy. The thing that will help people to remember them except for being a bunch of noisy louts. They are remembered for wasting their time having fun.
You know the song remember me from the movie troy? Where Achilles wants to be remembered for what ever he has done. He goes too troy even though he knows it means his death because he want his name to be remembered.
People want to be remembered because they are afraid of being forgotten. They are afraid of really dying. So they do things that make people remember them. Through generations. Through lives. Through stories.
The problem begins when people want so hard to be remembered that they forget to live their lives to the full. They forget to seize the day, the moment. The fraction in time when the world is at peace without war. When the world is just with itself.
That’s what the professor tries to tell them. He’s telling them that no matter what your still going to be dead. No matter what you do life is going to end. So live it to the max while you can. Appreciate beauty. Appreciate the thing around you. Even monstrosity in its own way is beautiful. Its unique. Its life.
Living life is not about living for others. Its about finding your dreams and living it. Its about living the life you have always wanted to live. Its about being yourself no matter what you do.
Ok here I need to clarify one MAJOR THING. This is NOT a rebellious act. I repeat it is ABSOULUTELY NOT a rebellious act. I am not asking the world to drop everything and then want the world to work on its own. We all have rules to follow and we have too otherwise the world will be in chaos.
What I mean to say is that this is your life. Grab hold of it. Make a difference for yourself. Make something out of yourselves. Live your life in the way that you really want too. Ask yourself is what I’m doing really my choice? Is what I’m doing really the thing I want to do?
This is life. Life is about seizing chances. Seizing the day. Carpe diem. And that’s a choice all of us have to make.
So what are we going to do now? Live to be remembered by the living? Or live for life itself.?
That the choice we all need to make. A choice that will differentiate the true winners and the true losers of life.