Who cares about a bunch of rich, white, prep school kids from New England in 1959?
Well, I went to public high school so this was as far off of an experience as I can imagine. Yet there is something inside of us that associates with each student in the classic movie, Dead Poet’s Society.
This is the movie that inserted the Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” into pop culture. In an era that gave us inspiring movies like Rudy and Say Anything, Dead Poet’s Society became the essential “must experience” movie for youth in the same way as classic books like The Catcher in the Rye or A Separate Peace did as literature.
One of my favorites, Peter Weir directed this brilliant film. Robin Williams delivered an Oscar worthy performance and stars like Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard emerged as tremendous young actors. The soundtrack is mesmerizing. The film ages like a fine wine.
You haven’t lived unless you’ve seen Dead Poet’s Society.
When you are stuck in a rut of your life, or your job, watch it.
When you are so immersed by the process and routine of life, watch it. You will come alive.
When you are raising your kids, make sure they watch this at the appropriate age. They will thank you later.
If you are teacher, take note on how to inspire your students.
It’s never too late to pursue your dreams, live life to its fullest and be the person God intended you to be. That is the message of Dead Poet’s Society.
I’ll leave you with this.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
What will your verse be?