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Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

Hedonism and Fatalism

  • Hedonism states that life only has to be lived in pleasure, discarding one's past and future.
  • Fatalism states that everything is predetermined, so there is no point in planning for the unchangeable future, hence it is good to just live for today.

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Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

Carpe Diem: Seize the Day

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Seize The Day

"Carpe Diem" is Latin for "Seize the day." It underscores the importance of the present moment, telling us to value each moment and to focus on the present.

"Carpe Diem" recognizes the brevity of life, the value of time and the inevitability of death. It tells us not to waste time in contemplation, anxiety or regret.

The core concept of "Carpe Diem"

It means to be active and enjoy the moment.

We spend our life planning and focusing on the future, or dwelling in the past, both of which cannot be controlled. This "Just do it" philosophy makes us aware of our limited time in the world, and encourages us not to postpone things that can be done in the moment.

Implementing "Carpe Diem"

Instead of overthinking about going to an event, starting your new dream project, or developing a certain relationship, instead of postponing, you can just do the thing you want to do, right now.

Hedonism and Fatalism

  • Hedonism states that life only has to be lived in pleasure, discarding one's past and future.
  • Fatalism states that everything is predetermined, so there is no point in planning for the unchangeable future, hence it is good to just live for today.

Carpe Diem and Mindfulness

Though "Carpe diem" is related to the concept of mindfulness, which involves focusing on present thoughts, emotions, and experiences, there is some difference between the two.

  • Mindfulness is a state of awareness, in a non-judgemental, abstract way. It is in the state of Being.
  • Carpe Diem is more towards time-based action. It is primarily in the Doing state.

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Ennui

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