The movie is set in a preparatory school for boys, steeped in discipline and tradition. The new English teacher, Mr. Keating, has a very different approach to life and teaching. He encourages the boys to look on the world anew, to trust themselves and follow their hearts. Keating’s presence is a beam of light in the dark for the boys. The main theme he offers his students is “carpe diem,” a Latin phrase meaning to live fully in each moment. He encourages them to question the conventional.

The deep message of his words and the demonstration of his life inspire them to face their fears and challenges. The transformation of the boys in Keating’s class is a beautiful witness to the strength and presence of the Spirit. They have learned something beyond the concept of being a good student; they have experienced knowing who they really are.

“When this power has once been experienced, it is impossible to trust one’s own petty strength again.
Who would attempt to fly with the tiny wings of a sparrow when the mighty power of an eagle has been given him?”
(ACIM, M-4.I.2)

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