Carpe Diem It is an expression of Latin roots that was conceived by the Roman poet Horace . Its literal translation gives relevance to the phrase "Harvest the day" , whose content tries to encourage the use of time to not waste any second.
The complete phrase popularized by Horace , historians say, it was “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero”, which in Spanish can be understood as the following advice: “Take advantage every day, don't trust tomorrow” .
Carpe diem is also what is defined as a literary profile topic , that is, a theme that, on a recurring basis, appears throughout the history in the works framed within the universal literature . This expression can be approached from two perspectives: on the one hand, it is an exhortation for no one to let time pass; on the other, it can refer to enjoying in the present time every pleasure of life, without thinking about the future, a period impossible to know.
A meaning of the latter that today has been taken by many people almost as the leitmotif of their lives. And they consider that we have to live every day as if it were the last, without thinking about what a tomorrow will bring that is totally uncertain, since a disease or an accident or a similar court event can change our destiny irremediably and quickly .
In this sense, a phrase that could reflect what we want to express is the following: “Manuel, after recovering from the traffic accident, has adopted the maximum Carpe Diem as the engine of his life. That is why he now enjoys every moment he lives, his family and his friends and the small pleasures of life, without making any kind of long-term plans. ”
However, not everyone is in favor of this Latin expression and the advice it gives us. And they consider that it is a real irresponsibility to devote themselves only to living the present without thinking about the future, without establishing insurance so that life in a few years is quiet and does not have complications that have been controlled.
The carpe diem concept was widely used during the Baroque era and in the Romanticism , although it was also very present during the Renaissance , three movements during which it was taken as a philosophical basis for the creation of multiple works.
On the other hand, it should be noted that the phrase carpe diem gained much popularity from the film Dead Poets Society (The Society of the Dead Poets) , a film whose protagonist was Robin Williams already Ethan hawke , among others. The material, which was distinguished with a Oscar award in 1990 , shows how a poetry teacher (played by Williams ) tries to motivate his students with this Latin concept, looking for a change in their minds and promoting an active attitude on their part.
The teacher points out that carpe diem is not a simple combination of words, but that in order to fully understand it and take advantage of its meaning it is necessary to use the reason and know how to face in advance the consequences of compliance.
A council and a teaching which is made by the aforementioned teacher to all students who decide to apply it. Thus, there will be those who dare to write a text criticizing the fact that absurd sexist traditions are maintained in the school and the initiative taken by another young man who decides to fight with all his strength to do what he likes will be established: interpret about a stage.