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The latin expression carpe diem is extracted from a larger ode from the Roman poet Horace which reads: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero, translated as "seize the day, put very little trust in the future". The phrase was used to great effect in the 1989 movie "Dead Poets Society" as a battle cry to make one's life extraordinary. The pewter link in this necklace holds the analogy tiger:strawberry::life:death based on the Zen story of a man that enjoys a delicious strawberry while being pursued by tigers, just as life is sweetness in the face of certain death. Sieze the day - appreciate the moment - because while the future is uncertain, our end is not. Both the bayong and kamagong wood beads are hardwoods from tropical regions in southeast Asia (Phillipines, Malaysia, Indonesia). Both kinds of trees are considered "vulnerable" due to threatened habitat and government export regulations are in place. Cost: $41.00 USD
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