Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below! I’d love to hear your input on these. 🙂
- What is the main message of the story? And how does it fit into your worldview of life (how to live) and death?
- What are the pros of adopting Carpe Diem as a practical philosophy for living? And is it really practical?
- What does Carpe Diem lack? And what can it ultimately lead to, taken by itself?
- Why do you think Neil decided to do it? What should he have done?
- Keating was blamed by the administration but not by the students – who do you think is right, if anyone in the story is right?
- To be mentally prepared for situations/crises is an essential step toward preventing desperate choices from being executed. In other words, do not ever ignore difficult possibilities, bit explore and decide what should be done in those situations – before they happen. Do you think this is a good preventative for suicide? Why or why not? And if not, what can be the proper responses for suicide and its prevention?
- In light of this discussion, what would you change about this story and why?
Some Other Thoughts…
We each have different struggles, but I’ve found it never hurts to think through what I may do and or verses what I should do if I was placed in another person’s struggles/situation. So, just because you may never have been tempted to thoughts of suicide does not necessarily mean you may never will have them either. So it will be very beneficial to have an “escape plan” if you ever find yourself being vulnerable in the future.
A big one, I think, is open and truthful communication with another soul. Here’s a relevant quote that I don’t remember from who/where: “You are NEVER “the only one” even though you believe or even think you know with all your heart that you are. You really are special, but not in that way, I assure you.”
There’s always hope. 🙂