Do not go gentle into the night

 
“The question, O me! so sad, recurring—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”
— Walt Whitman
 
 

If I had a teacher like John Keating during my school days, undoubtedly life would have been very different. However, it is what it is and we cannot change the past much less than we can change the ending of this poetic film, otherwise full of life-affirming and thought provoking ideas.

Conformity without inquiry is the bane of our education and social system. We are taught what to think, not how to think, obeying the maxim ‘Do as I say, not as I do’. Notwithstanding, there is value in pursuing new perspectives and following new thoughts to their culmination and this film showcases it.

Dead Poets Society highlights that there is an extraordinary genius within all of us that can rebel against conformity, change what we hate, and fight for what we love. Sometimes the most powerful thing we can do is to seize our own thoughts and feelings and voice our deliberations.