What is Carpe diem?
Carpe diem is a Latin phrase that means ‘live in the moment’ .
As such, it is a phrase attributed to the Latin poet Horacio (65 – 8 BC), who, in the first book of the Odes , advises his friend Leucone: ” Carpe diem, quam minimim credula postero “, that we can translate as: “Take advantage of today; trust as little as possible tomorrow. ”
Carpe diem is, therefore, an invitation to enjoy the moment, to live today and now without worrying about what the future holds, because the future is uncertain, and the only concrete thing we have is the present.
In this sense, Horacio follows the line of the epicurean philosophers, and argues that life is brief and beauty perishable. And, with death being the only certainty, the now must be made the most of.
Hence, the expression carpe diem is also associated with the sentence, also of Latin tradition, ” memento mori “ , which translates ‘remember’ that you will die, whose objective is to awaken awareness of the finitude of existence and the mortal nature of man.
In recent years, in addition, the expression has revitalized its popularity because it is a fundamental part of the plot of the film The Society of Dead Poets (1989), directed by Peter Weir, where a group of young people, impelled by their literature teacher , they bet on an attitude towards life based on the carpe diem principle .
The popularity of the expression is such that it has also become a highly appreciated reason when tattooing an inspiring phrase on the body.