Tuesdays With Morrie
Themes in Tuesdays with Morrie
In the Book, Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom asks the reader a continual question that reverberates throughout the book: a question that he wrestles back and forth with. His question is simple but deep and compelling; have you had someone close to you leave your life, not completely, but physically? Everything just seemed right when they were in your presence.
The moments spent could only be described as what seemed so lovely and pure, the memories often pondered fondly. You keep yourself busy with many a task to dull the senses of what the mind plaques on your innermost being. The feelings of apathy and complacency are feelings that have not brushed across your mind until now, like an artist with a single stroke, a shiny gloss that hazed over your thoughts, now dry and crackling, chipping away and falling far from your mind as if they were never there. Realizing what you had is coming to terms with where you came from and where you are now. Mitch goes on to speak of how Morrie spoke words of life into his cynical soul and enlivened it towards betterment. It is as if you can hear his audible underlying tone say: you see he was a better person than I, and it made me a better person to be around him. The kind of betterment that can only be attained through birth-bestowed upon the chosen, such a substance as his cannot be taught or attained through some moral code of competence. He did it all when no one/everyone was watching-experiencing the real and unencumbered in all his glory. Here today and gone tomorrow but forever etched within the soul. Morrie Schwartz was Mitch Albom’s sociology professor at Brandeis University whom he has not spoken with in years, and when he discovers that his dear old professor has taken ill with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease) while watching a Nightline interview that Morrie did with Ted Koppel he wastes no time in getting back in touch with him. From the onset, Mitch’s cognitions of what Morrie use to look like are dwarfed by the reality of just how deeply aging and terminal illness have affected his once jovial and lively professor.
When he arrives at Morrie’s home in Boston he sees a frail and aged man waiting outside in a wheelchair, a far cry from the dancing fool he remembers him to be. As his first visit is underway he realizes just how confined his old professor’s life has become, from not being able to leave his home to having a nurse at the house to aid him in tasks that a healthy individual does with ease, becomes a daily routine. After his first visit to Boston Mitch vows to keep coming back every Tuesday in keeping with the same schedule that they had while Mitch was a student of Morrie’s at Brandeis because as Morrie says “were Tuesday people Mitch.”
Tuesday after Tuesday Mitch returns to Morrie’s house in West Newton to take in every bit of Morrie he can and extrapolate every ounce of knowledge and wisdom his aging professor can muster, and for sixteen Tuesdays they explored many of life’s central concerns family, marriage, aging, and happiness, to name a few. It becomes increasingly evident just how cruel and unrelenting a disease such as ALS can be, it takes from Morrie the one thing that allows him to exercise his right to free and reckless abandon, “his dancing.” The slow degenerative effects of this inexorable malady are played out in every stage of the book from the first time we see Mitch baring handfuls of Morrie’s favorite foods to the following where he has trouble lifting his hands to his chin and his in-house nurse has to spoon feed him. Morrie had expressed to Mr. Koppel in their first meeting that what he dreaded most about the disease was the likelihood that one day soon, somebody else would have to clean him after using the lavatory. It happened; his worst fear had come to fruition.
Morrie’s nurse now has to do it for him, and he realizes this to be the utter surrender to the disease. He is now more than ever entirely reliant on others for virtually all of his necessities. He articulates to Mitch that in spite of the troubles of his reliance on others, he is trying to revel in being an adolescent for the second time. Morrie reiterates that we ought to discard culture if it is not beneficial to our needs, and conveys to Mitch that we must to be loved such as we were when we were children, continuously being held and rocked by our mothers. Mitch sees that at 78 years age, Morrie is “generous and giving as an adult while taking and receiving just as a child would.”As Morrie’s ailment worsens, so does his hibiscus in the window of his study. It acts as a representation of his life as a natural process of life’s cyclical process. He conveys a story Mitch and also to Mr. Koppel of a wave rolling into shore, signifying death.
Morrie articulates his fear of it, but reassures Mitch with that he accepts it and will come back as something far greater. Morrie echoes an aphorism to Mitch “When you’re in bed, you’re dead” to signify his ultimate surrender and on Mitch’s last visit to see him that is where he laid, “like a child, small and frail.”This notion of dependence (birth through childhood)-independence (teenage years through adulthood) – dependence (late adulthood to death) seems to be the resounding tone throughout our textbook as well, where life is a set stage of transitions from birth-maturing-aging-and death. We care for people when they are young, nurture to foster mature and productive adults, and then again care for them when they cannot do so for themselves. I have and would recommend this book to anyone and everyone, not only for the way it touches me when I recollect upon it and makes me cry with tears of hope and gladness that such a person lived but also for the numerous and invaluable lessons it imparts upon its readers. Alblom has made me change the way I see the world, I see aging as a wonderful and beautiful part of life, not a process to detest but to relish in its loveliness and splendor.
There is a beauty in aging that I had not recognized before this book; Morrie Schwartz imparts a sense of hope upon future generations with his witty and jovial aphorisms and the most profound outlook upon life, death, aging, and most of all love.
Tuesdays with Morrie Show
Tuesdays with Morrie is a story about a man and his college professor. This story is all about Mitch who is a man of his career as a sports commentator and journalist. He is so busy that he didn’t have much time for his love and also time to do things that most value to us as a human being. When he is watching a Television, he saw Morrie, his favorite professor, dying of ALS or referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s disease” decided to visit him to make up on his promise. He began the last class of Morrie’s life lessons to Mitch to learn more about the meaning of life.
Based on the film, which is a true to life story, I can see that it’s very accurate and very inspiring to watch or read Tuesdays with Morrie which brings lessons all about living life at its fullest. One of his lessons is about dying, that it is the only thing to be sad about while living unhappily, is another matter so it comes to my mind that we are all going to die so we must live a happy life. The one thing that also amazed me is about the living funeral, also called a life celebration, that is the chance to rejoice in a person’s life while they are still around which is very astounding. I may suggest that my loved ones or myself would like to have a living funeral when the time comes to celebrate the life that we had, say all the nice things before we die which is better than having a funeral most when your loved one is dead.
Morrie stated that we can’t be said about dying because everyone’s going to die but most people don’t believe in it. I was looking forward to his advice that you must have an imaginary little bird on your shoulder saying every day that “Is this the day I’m going to die, little bird?” so that you wouldn’t put off the things closest to your heart. It encourages me to do the things that I must do when I’m still living and having more time to do it before it’s too late. This story teaches how to understand the meaning of life having a great impact on a person’s life.
Now that I have watched the movie, I can say that this is a good literature because it teaches moral values that we humans must appreciate in order to live life to its fullest. I would really love to recommend watching this movie to every person in the world because the lessons that I have learned, inspired me to change my life to better. It also teaches me to devote myself to love others, to my community, and to myself to create something that gives me a purpose and a meaning. Now that I have watched the movie, I would love to read the book next and unveil its deeper lessons and understandings because you know the movie is different from the book.
Review Of Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie is book which was composed by one of the subject’s most loved student, Mitch Albom. Mitch is an American writer, columnist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and TV telecaster, and performer. It was committed to a Human science Educator named Morrie Schwartz. The book was primarily Morrie’s thought and he even considered it their last thesis. The book contains Mitch Albom’s journal of his days went through with his most loved teacher, Morrie Schwartz. The recollections they made at the stage where Morrie knew he will be leaving in peace soon.
The title of the book, “Tuesdays with Morrie” depended on moments that they’re together. They met each other every Tuesday. They’d sit by Morrie’s work area and in the cafeteria just to discuss stuff. As Morrie said in the book, “We’re Tuesday individuals. ” Also, when Morrie became ill, he recommended that they should meet each Tuesday. Since Morrie preferred naming things, he has a few proposals for the title of the book however Mitch is the person who gave the title of this book. This book shows us on the best way to be a man; it reveals to us that you’re never excessively old, making it impossible to learn and to change. The book likewise tells to us that we can gain a different kind of knowledge from ourselves and also from others. Morrie used his ailment as a chance to develop and to demonstrate his love and care to his friends and family before he pass on. The book tells the world that dying shouldn’t be that mournful. One can make it as an inspiration on turning into a more outstanding individual. This book also demonstrates that affection is the most important thing in this world. Additionally it tells what relations is and how innovative it is. The book introduced issues which are sometimes overseen by many.
The first is Morrie’s disease. He got ALS or the alleged Lou Gehrig’s illness. As I’ve perused in the book, this ailment was assuming control over Morrie’s locomotor movements. It made him quit moving, strolling, and notwithstanding wiping his very own bottom. It also avoided him to eat strong nutritional foods. This said ailment ended his life eventually. The other issue is on Mitch’s perspective. It resembles having a war with himself. He got so charmed with his life for a long time that he didn’t made his guarantee to keep in contact with his educator. At that point set aside a few minutes for Morrie and that changed his life until the end of time. The book’s setting happens in Morrie’s little house appropriate outside of Boston. We’re told, “The last class of my old teacher’s life occurred once every week in his home, by a window in the examination where he could watch a little hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves”. The area is portrayed as “a peaceful suburb of Boston”, and Morrie’s home is constantly depicted as radiant and clean. It’s a warm house, and at first, Mitch and Morrie make the most of their visits in various rooms in it, similar to the kitchen or study. As the times go on, however, Morrie can’t move around thus they remain in Morrie’s study, encompassed by his books and joined by his hibiscus plant. How they make utilization of the house, at that point, fills in as a kind of guide for Morrie’s slow decay.
Morrie’s home is much the same as him: little, cheerful, splendid and quiet, and loaded up with books from Morrie’s long stretches of instructing and other little keepsakes of his life and companions. From the outside it most likely looks simply like different houses on the country road and Morrie would probably agree that it is much the same as different houses. Life and passing happen in each home, all things considered; we simply have the chance to be secretly watching this one specifically. Mitch Albom graduated school on 1979. He, at that point, discovers his most loved teacher, Morrie Schwartz. Morrie is a little man, has shimmering blue-green eyes, diminishing silver hair, enormous ears, triangular nose, and tufts of turning gray eyebrows. Morrie had dependably been an artist. He would move to whatever music there will be. Be it Shake, Enormous Band or Blues. He moved independent from anyone else, nobody realizing that he was a Doctor of Human Sociology and a teacher. Morrie told Mitch’s folks that he’s an uncommon kid, then Mitch gave Morrie a folder case with Morrie’s initials on it. Morrie, at that point, inquired as to whether he would keep in contact. He said obviously then Morrie cried. In 1994, Morrie was determined to have Amyotropic Horizontal Sclerosis (ALS) otherwise called Lou Gehrig’s illness.
The sickness made him powerless and restricted his developments. He could never again move, drive, unclothe himself, and even pee without anyone else. In any case, he instructed his last school course disclosing what he is going through. The specialists said he had two years; he knew it was less. He and his better half arranged for this new life. Morrie began opening up his home to guests, connecting with everybody he knows. He wasn’t anxious about kicking the bucket. He went to a burial service and saw that individuals just say great things in regards to you when you’ve died so he made the “living funeral” where you say great things on a man while he’s still living. Mitch didn’t keep in contact after that day. Since Mitch’s graduation, he has turned into a daily paper journalist and a sweetheart. He drives a quick paced life and is continually working and voyaging. He has turned out to be so engaged in his work that it sucked up a great amount of time in his life. Mitch considers Morrie once in a while however he never approached his most loved educator. He even disregarded all mails from his past school believing that they simply need money. One night, Mitch’s heard something. While Mitch was flipping the channels, he heard somebody say “Who is Morrie Schwartz?” at that point he went numb. On Walk 1995, Morrie was met by Ted Koppel. They’re discussing death, afterlife, and Morrie’s increasing dependency to people. Having heard Morrie on the TV, he went to visit his slowly dying teacher. He hadn’t seen him for a long time. Morrie has more thin hair and saggy. Morrie was then embracing him and Mitch was shocked for the warmth he got. At first, he was somewhat shocked on how delicate Morrie was and stressed that he had settled on the wrong choice by visiting, yet that fear started to dissolve before long. They wound up visiting for a considerable length of time, as though no time had gone between them. That day, their last class started. Morrie could persuade Mitch to return and visit one week from now. Each Tuesdays they are scheduled meet.
Their conversations are about existence stuff: marriage, passing, companions, family, regrets, love, cash and so on. The motivation behind their class was to examine Morrie’s perspective of life. Since Mitch needed to recollect Morrie and being so charmed, he started to record each class they took. These gatherings went well and influenced Mitch and Morrie to such an extent. They met for the following fourteen back to back Tuesdays. Morrie’s body was weaker. Mitch began reaching out for help with Morrie to demonstrate his care for his companion. On their fourteenth Tuesday together, they made goodbye to one another. Morrie can now barely talk. He gave Mitch an embrace and told him he adores Mitch. Mitch said it as well. It’s a tragedy minute. For quite a while, Morrie needed to make Mitch cry and that day, he at last made him cry. Morrie passed away a couple of days after that. It was Saturday. He passed on having none of them on the room and Mitch thought it had a reason. He needed to go peacefully and he got what he needed. He got covered in a pleasant spot. It had trees, grass and an inclining slope. Morrie’s last class took in his home, by a window in his examination live with a hibiscus plant adjacent to it. It was dependably on Tuesdays.
The subject was the importance of life and it was instructed for a fact. The characters in the novel portrayed a great real-life event. Morrie Schwartz is a Sociology teacher at Brandeis University. He is a cherishing and sympathetic old man who is fighting an ailment called ALS. He was best known for his insight and sayings. He associates with his former student, Mitch while he was fighting with his ailment. His importance on the story was large, for it cannot be written without knowing his story. His student, Mitch Albom, who is caught up with the interest of the world; work, cash, and so on. In the wake of leaving his dream of being a piano player, he has progressed toward becoming overwhelmed by his quick paced life and steady make progress toward materialistic belonging. He battles to locate the importance of his life. He fled 700 miles each Tuesday just to be with his withering teacher to find out about existence. Charlotte Schwartz has been hitched with Morrie for forty-four years. She was a private individual; altogether different from Morrie however he regards her for that. She has been extremely adoring and continually thinking about Morrie. Ted Koppel was an ABC columnist of Nightline who talked with Morrie. His meeting with Morrie turned into a route for Mitch to connect with his mentor. Ted and Morrie progressed toward becoming companions after the meeting. One of Morrie’s attendant, named Connie, who had been an incredible help as far back as Morrie got the ailment. Peter is Mitch’s sibling who had malignancy. He detached himself while he battles for his ailment. On the end, Mitch understands that he should connect and reconnect with his sibling. Morrie’s two grown-up children, Ransack and Jon Schwartz, whom are loving and very close Morrie. Death is a thing that we shouldn’t be afraid of as the author suggest.
Moreover, it is only meant that our time was up and we have fulfilled our duty as a person. Yes we may have regrets for things we haven’t done but it shouldn’t be like that. It is because of the fact that things were not meant to go that way, instead life decided its own course which will benefit all those who will be left after you leave. The book has a large compilations of meanings of life which we aren’t aware of. One part of it tells that even not blood-related accomplices can be the person you can tell what you want to say before leaving this life. Having said that, it also meant that you cannot converse lightly with topics like those with relatives because it’s either it will end up in drama or you cannot talk to them freely because you’ll feel it will only burden them as the time goes by after you left. It may have been a sour ending, but it just explains how life can be. Not everything ends great and happy. We must feel grief in order to decipher happiness, that’s how life is. Morris (Morrie) Schwartz died on November 4th, a Saturday morning. His family had all figured out how to come back to see and be with him during his last days. His son Rob needed to travel from Tokyo, however he did, which testifies the closeness of Morrie’s family. When the majority of the relatives abruptly left his room for an espresso for the first time after a few days—Morrie stopped breathing and passed on. Albom suggest that Morrie died during the time intentionally so that nobody would need to see his last minutes in that state in which he had been forced to convey his mom’s notice of death as a child.
In spite of the fact that Morrie had dreaded he would pass on unpleasantly, he was sufficiently blessed to pass peacefully. Toward the beginning of Tuesdays With Morrie, Albom clarifies that the “graduation” of Morrie’s last course was his memorial service. As Morrie’s ashes were secured with soil, in the hill inside which Morrie had wanted to be buried, Albom found himself reviewing Morrie’s guidance to visit his grave, “You talk, I’ll tune in. ” As Albom attempts to do this, he finds that his association with Morrie endures. Albom noticed that maybe one reason their connection stays is because “graduation” was held on a Tuesday. As Albom closes his diary, he clarifies that he has conquered a portion of the individual clashes that drove him to search out Morrie. The contentions are not material or identified with The Detroit Free Press author’s strike. Albom has to a great extent defeated the challenges he has with feelings that keep him from taking part in his life and in his connections. It appears that after his graduation, he has figured out how to take in “life’s most noteworthy exercise,” or, in other words significance of adoration and connections. Albom clarifies how he connects with his sibling, who is doing combating malignancy in Spain.
Albom communicates his craving to be nearer to his sibling so he can “hold him in my life as much as he could let me. ” His sibling reacts by fax with a note that is composed with amusingness and tales. The last sections in Tuesdays With Morrie clarifies that the diary was really Morrie’s thought. The development on the content enabled Morrie to pay his broad hospital expenses. In any case, the book additionally permits Morrie’s lessons on the significance of life to proceed after his demise. The novel closes with a reference to the continuous effect of Morrie’s shrewdness spoken to in Tuesdays With Morrie. In Albom’s words, “the instructing goes on. “The book is a great read to that extent wherein you question your own life’s existence, how you should be living your life, what you need to do before “that” time comes, etc. I greatly recommend reading the book and learn everything you have been missing out.
Analysis Of Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life’s Greatest Lesson
The book was entitled Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, And Life’s Greatest Lesson is a memoir written by Mitch Albom and was published in 1997. Mitchell David Albom, born on May 23, 1958, was an American author, journalist, screen writer, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. According to the book itself he was the author also of the international bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven as well as six other books such as For One Day, Have a Little Faith, The Time Keeper, The First Phone Call from Heaven, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven which was a sequel of The Five People You Meet in Heaven. Tuesdays with Morrie is a non-fiction type of novel which tackles about overcoming death and how one specific person, Morrie, handle this knowing that it was coming long before that. It is a matter of giving up or living your life to the fullest. The story evolves between the professor, Morrie and his student, Mitch who have lost their contact since the day of graduation when Mitch promised to keep in contact but he didn’t. The novel is intended most specially to those person who sees death as scariest thing though it is, this novel will make them realize that death is just part of our life cycle maybe medicines or doctors can make our life longer but still death is our final race and destination that no one can stop that from happening even the newest invented machine. Just like what Morrie did, anyone who suffered chronic disease, must see this positively, never lose hope and just never have pity on yourself but make the best of their remaining time left on this earth. The book serves as his final thesis with his professor.
As human, we all aware that death will come to us all and whether we like it or not we are all condemned to death. At the end, questions must need to be answered; are we able to fulfill our duty and making our stay here as memorable and fruitful one or we just lose our opportunity to make the best out of it? And what one can be learned through death? Since the author is the one narrating the story it helps the reader to become part of the flow of the story easily because it somehow the author and the reader became one. The story started by reminiscing the day during their college graduation that was year 1979 when Mitch was one of those students in Brandeis University and found Morrie Schwartz as his favourite professor that was the last time he saw his professor and didn’t have any contact as he promised for almost 16 years. Prior to that, Morrie’s death sentence came in the summer of 1944, the day he began to end everything specially teaching and dancing due to his disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Lou Gehrig’s disease, a brutal, unforgiving illness of the neurological system which until now has no known cure. Years had passed, in the year 1995 when Mitch finally heard news about his old professor on ABS-TV’s Nightline hosted by Ted Koppel, from this he thought the reason why he didn’t fulfill his promise to him. After his uncle died, his perception about life has changed but due to one incident in his current job wherein he got suspended, it served a way for them to reconnect and to talk about what happened in the past 16 years, this was their special classes started every Tuesday and the day they called their selves as Tuesday People. The story happened around in Morrie’s house located at West Newton, Massachusetts, it is a friendly house where they enjoy their chats in different part of it and since Morrie was sick and wasn’t able to walk the setting literally evolved inside the house. For the last fourteen Tuesdays they have never talked about something except life, and in November 4, 1995 in a one Saturday morning, Morrie bid and say his last goodbye. The time and settings in the story were presented properly, the author appropriately described to the reader what mood and seasons are present in a specific time and setting which help the reader like me to visualize the actual scenario in each chapter of the novel.
Morrie Schwartz was small man who takes small step, he has blue-green eyes, thinning silver hair that spills into his forehead, big ears, and triangular nose and graying eyebrows. He was a former Social Psychology professor in Brandeis University and became popular because of the way he handle his impending death. He had a wife named Connie and blessed them with two successful sons, Rob and John. Mitch Albom who happened to be the author and novel’s narrator. Instead of becoming a musician he chose to become a sport journalist and eventually took a job in Detroit as a columnist for the Detroit Free Press in New York where he also met his wife, Janine. Janine was an understanding partner and never leave Mitch alone even though he buried himself in accomplishments which he believed that it can give him happiness before he got sick and died which he figured out was his natural fate. But this perspective has changed once he met his coach and taught him a lot of lessons regarding about life. Through the help of each session with his professor, Mitch realized how important the family is and he was able to make a connection with his sick brother, Peter, who chose to fight his disease on his own.
Tuesdays with Morrie has a biographical, philosophical and memoir genre. The book serves as a diary which reminds Mitch’s personal experience with his professor. Aside from making a book consists of their shared memories, the tape recorder which help Mitch to record all their conversations and it is a way for him to access Morrie sort of directly after he’s gone and avoid losing his coach completely. Also one of the evidences that can prove that the novel is a true to life story is the episode in the Nightline which can be found in the internet. The main reason why Mitch came up with the book is to raise even a small amount to pay his sick professor’s medical bill and never thought that it would be such as success as it is today. A far from that, he wants to share to the world how Morrie changed his life and how come he said that giving is living. In an article from ABS-CBN NEWS page, he narrated there that even though Morrie was in the state of dying he still managed to help other people by giving them advice and reminding them how precious their lives are, through that it was giving Morrie the feeling that he was still alive. Applying the things he have learned from his professor, Mitch visited in the Philippines in the year 2014 to help build libraries in typhoon-hit Tacloban.
Each part of the book was interesting and worth-reading, this book has touched my heart by making me appreciate the beauty of life and making me realize that money, fame and popularity aren’t what life is truly about but family, friends and loved ones are things that truly matter. There’s a part of the novel that caught my attention and it was the Fourth Tuesday wherein they talked about death. As what Morrie said “Everyone knows that they’re going to die but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently.” And also one of my favourite quotes from it is “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” For us to be prepared always ask ourselves if today is that day and with that be the person that we want to be and do the things that need to do. Always look it in a positive way. With all the lessons and the way how the author wrote the novel, it would be an honour to recommend this book to others. The words are not so deep and easy to understand, and it possesses the art of good flow and the way how the story is composed, it really follows the timeline when and where the story happened. As what I feel, others will surely enjoy this novel and can also learn about the meaning and essence of life and what Albom experienced it might help readers to find a part of themselves that could have been lost and through this book, it was able to learn the importance of giving and making an impact on another persons’ life. So this novel of Mitch Albom is truly worth sharing to others.
Aphorisms In Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie is a novel based on a true story about a professor named Morrie Shwartz and the memorable lessons he taught to the people around him, specifically his student, Mitch Albom. Morrie taught Sociology at Brandeis University. His earnestness towards teaching and the way he lived his life with care and compassion towards others allows him to be a mentor and teacher to all his students, specifically in the lessons he teaches Mitch every Tuesday. Mitch is one of Morrie’s former students who comes to visit Morrie every Tuesday after learning about his illness. Along with his passion for teaching, Morrie also has a heart for dancing and music, and rather than getting caught in worldly affairs and the materialistic aspects of life, he spends his time enjoying life and creating meaningful memories and bonds with those around him. Ending his career as a professor, Morrie was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. This is a disease with quickly deterotiative and degenerative effects on the muscles and is demonstrated by progressive muscle weakness. Although this ended his career as a university professor, Morrie did not put an end to his love for teaching in general. He did not let his condition take control of him and managed to remain positive through it, however he does take some time to mourn for himself in the mornings. As Morrie had always had the heart and joy of being a teacher, he taught continuously throughout his life, as well as the end of it. Morrie used the platform of Ted Koppel interviews as well as giving weekly lessons to Mitch to teach him the meaning of life, and how to accept death and live a life with meaning. Towards the end of his life, Morrie taught everyone, including family, friends, and journalists the meaning of life using his powerful words. His words have importance due to the lessons and insights that Morrie had to offer. Morrie focused on the true meaning of life, leading up to death, rather than on what we possess and are surrounded by around us.
One of the major aphorisms in Tuesdays with Morrie that Morrie seeks to teach throughout his lessons is that “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” Morrie says this during the fourth Tuesday when he and Mitch talk about death. Mitch asks how a person can prepare for death, and Morrie responds with a Buddhist philosophy that every day, a person should ask the bird on his shoulder if it is the day that he will die. This is a symbol of how Morrie is inching closer towards his death by the day. Morrie feels that people refuse to believe that they will one day die, and therefore, do not live their lives as fully as they feel they could have and also have many regrets as they become older and their death becomes closer. He feels that once we learn and accept that we are one day going to die, we learn to live our lives fully and without any regrets. Morrie repeats this quote frequently throughout the chapter to emphasize how important and helpful it is to accept death, and what a benefit it would be to live the remainder of our lives. Morrie also wants Mitch to see how he is able to appreciate the smaller, more genuine things in life, knowing that his death is approaching, and we will all die in the end, so it is best to live our lives now. The main lesson of this aphorism is that one must accept the possibility of one’s own death before he can truly appreciate what he has on Earth. This aphorism has had an impact on my life because it opened my eyes to the possibility that I should live everyday while doing what I enjoy most, due to the fact that we will leave all of these worldly desires and passions when we die. For instance, I am in the stage of my life where I am deciding what major I want to pursue. If I were to choose a major I was uncontent with, I would be living in sorrow and unhappiness until I were to change it. Studying something I am interested in would lead to happiness and appreciation of what I have, so as I would live everyday studying something I would not regret before I died. This is the reason why we should appreciate what we have on Earth because it is precious and it will all end one day.
Another major aphorism in Tuesdays with Morrie that Morrie seeks to teach throughout his lessons is that “Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.” Morrie says this on the twelfth Tuesday during one of his interviews with Ted Koppel, as he is speaking of his experiences and his oncoming death. He is admitting that he has come to terms with his illness and that he is going to die. He wants to die with peace rather than harm. Morrie’s idea of slowly ‘letting go’ of the outside world correlates with the idea he told Mitch earlier about the Buddhist belief in detachment. Gradually, as he grows closer to death by the day, Morrie is detaching himself from his life, and engaging himself in acceptance and faith that death will only bring new life. The main concept of this aphorism is that when we have important times and experiences, we should take time to experience them, and not to move on immediately, but also do not spend time lingering on that experience. This aphorism can be seen in my life in terms of losing friendships and people. Instead of feeling the intense emotions while continuing to live in a person’s life, a person simply stays around in their emotions. In the lesson of this aphorism, Morrie is telling us to do the former rather than the latter. This aphorism has added to my perspective on life because it allows me to see that it is harmful for us to overthink rather than moving on with our lives, because dwelling on our emotions only takes away from us and harms us.
A final aphorism in Tuesdays with Morrie that Morrie seeks to teach throughout his lessons is to “Forgive yourself before you die. Then forgive others.” On the twelfth Tuesday, Morrie and Mitch discuss forgiveness. Morrie sees no point in holding any kind of vengeance or stubbornness; he then admits that he has had some pride in his life and regrets it. He recalled a story about his old friend Norman with who he used to spend much time. After Norman and his wife moved to Chicago, Morrie’s wife, Charlotte, had to undergo a serious operation. Norman never contacted Morrie or Charlotte even though they knew about the operation. This hurt Morrie and Charlotte so much that they decided to drop their relationship with Norman. Norman tried to apologize and reconcile but Morrie never accepted his apology. After Norman died, Morrie regretted how he never forgave him. Morrie therefore, feels that we need to also forgive ourselves for the things we should have done. He explains that we can’t get stuck on regrets of what should have happened. He advises to make peace with yourself and those around you. The main lesson of this aphorism is that you have to be at peace with yourself because sometimes you cannot fix things and be at peace with other people. The best thing is not to be too late to forgive yourself. This aphorism and life lesson has added a perspective to my life because it led me to believe that you should always try to reconcile and fix relations with others, but if it is too late, you need to learn to forgive yourself for what it may be in order to live life and die in peace.
Tuesdays with Morrie was an extremely moving and inspiring novel about Morrie Schwartz, who was a caring and compassionate person and his main passion and desire was teaching, and continued to be until he passed away. He continued to teach the meaning of life and how important it is to live in the present to the people around him so they could, as he tried to, live their life to its fullest potential. Morrie taught many valuable life lessons and they can be seen through his aphorisms and the lessons he teaches. One of the main lessons he aims to teach is that “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live”. This is to show that a person should live their lives with no remorse and as well as they can because in the end it will all be left behind.
Review Of The Book Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, is a book good for someone who is somehow dealing with the roughness and toughness of life. It is a book that you will never expect to give you amazing emotional feels and a book that will make you reflect about how your life is going, your life priorities, and also depicts on what it means to be called human. It tells the story of an old professor being diagnosed with ALS and spends his last month’s giving out love and advice to his former student named Mitch Albom. Mitch Albom is an American author, journalist, dramatist, screenwriter, and musician; born on 23rd of May 1958. He is known for the inspirational stories and themes represented through his books and films. Tuesday with Morrie was published in 1997 in a non-fiction genre.
Mitch Albom himself promised his professor that he’d stay in touch with him, but hadn’t kept that promise not until after 16 years. Morrie, despite knowing the fact that he’d soon leave the world due to ALS, still keeps his life positive and never became unthankful. Morrie gives positive life lessons that he learned all through his life on Earth to his student named Mitch Albom, who never forgot to visit his lovely and special professor every Tuesday — which worked into the title of the book. They talked about the message of love, acceptance, caring, money, family, and even death. Upon reading, I liked the line of Morrie and seemed to be his best line, “Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” For me, it depicts that the acceptance of death opens more opportunity for a person to be mature, to be contented and to love what and who is around, and to realize the anecdotes of life.
One of the good points is the truthfulness, simplicity, and optimism of Morrie. Knowing that he’s suffering from ALS and was soon to face death, he was still able to inspire people and give hope to people through his anecdotes of life. That death does not mean the end. The book literally is a good book that will make you realize the reality of life. Reading the book brought me to tears.
I loved the theme that it showed. It became an eye opener that life must include acceptance and caring — which was really shown through the book. I also loved that the conversation was between an old and a young person. It just states that age really is not a hindrance for you to show care and love to someone; and that the wisdom that we get from the elderly is usually the best wisdom that we could ever get.
All in all, I really loved the theme of the book and the message that it gives to the reader. The moral is that sometimes, people that aren’t really related to us and the people that we never expect would be the one to be with us until our last breath; also, it makes people understand that death is not a hard pill to swallow. It will soon arrive and we all have to accept that fact. I give the book 5 stars out of 5 as it successfully gave the readers a new perspective about life and also, death. I would really recommend the book especially to those who loves reading messages that are full of wisdom, memories, and thoughtfulness. This is the book that I have read and will surely let my kids read, in the future.
Review Of The Novel Tuesdays With Morrie By Mitch Albom
Tuesdays With Morrie is a novel written by Mitch Albom, an internationally renowned and best-selling author. Albom is also a journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio/television broadcaster and musician. His books, collectively have sold more than 39 million copies worldwide, published in forty-nine territories and in forty-five languages around the world; and have been made into an Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed movie.
The novel was actually written to pay of Morrie’s hospital bills; Albom himself did not expect the book to be popular. At first, he was told that publishing the book was a bad idea. Numerous publishing companies refused to take it, said it was boring and depressing. He was told, “Mitch Albom is a known sports writer, he can’t write a book like that.” But he didn’t care about the rejections and declines; he took the risk, wanting to do this for the sake of his teacher. He wanted to help Morrie out.
When Mitch Albom found a publisher, the book was set out into stores three (3) weeks before his professor died. They only published 20,000 copies, which at the time, was a very small amount of books. Everyone, including Albom believed that the amount of books published was so small, but they did not realise that over time, the book would be raved about my many.
Tuesdays With Morrie begins with a recount of Mitch Albom’s graduation from Brandeis University in 1979. He talks about Morrie, his favourite professor, giving him a briefcase, with a hint of fear that he might be forgotten by him. He then promises Morrie that he would keep in touch, to which he had answered almost robotically, “Of course.”
Years after Mitch’s graduation, Morrie resigns from activities he once loved. He gave up dancing, one of his favourite hobbies due to being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. With all of this happening, Mitch feels dissatisfied with the life he chose. He abandoned his career as a musician when his uncle died of pancreatic cancer. He promised his wife, Janine, a family but spends his time more on work.
Upon seeing Morrie on TV, he contacts his old professor and visits his home in West Newton, Massachusetts. After a dispute that involves his work, he travels again to Boston to visit Morrie where they spend their Tuesdays together, listening to Morrie’s lessons on life.
Mitch then hears Morrie talk about his childhood, how he was deprived of love from their own father, and the emotional burden of not having to tell his little brother, Peter that their real mother had died, information he read off a telegram because he was the only one that knew how to read English. Morrie was grateful for his step-mother, Eva. She showered him love for books and desire for education.
Throughout their time together, Morrie had taught Mitch lessons on the Meaning of Life, to reject popular culture and create a culture of his kind, filled with “love, acceptance and human goodness”.
Morrie asks Mitch to contact Peter, who was in Spain battling pancreatic cancer. He insists on being fine, not wanting to talk about his illness. The old professor tells Mitch that after his death, Mitch will become closer with Peter.
When death befalls Morrie, Mitch keeps the promise he had shared with Morrie — to carry out conversations between the two of them in his head, to keep the memory of his beloved professor alive.
As readers, if we were to be honest, we found the book dull at first. It was overly descriptive, and at often times, lacked the certain wow-factor that we were waiting for in the beginning, the fish hook to keep us reading. But as we continued to read the book (unwillingly), we had found ourselves loving Morrie and resonating with Mitch — the dissatisfied life, the existential crisis and the regrets.
Morrie’s perception of life, changed not only how Mitch sees the world but also ours, as readers. We wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who may seem a little lost, or those who feel they are at a crossroad. This novel exists to be the slight nudge you feel before taking a risk. It teaches you to never hold back, to be vulnerable, to feel and express your emotions.
What Makes a Real Hero: Ideas by Bolt, Douglas, and Albom Essay
The theme of heroism is one of the most frequent issues, discussed in numerous literary works. Each author tries to present his/her own vision of hero, endow this hero with the best qualities, and make him/her useful to other people. A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave, and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom are the three works from different times, which help me create my own understanding of the word “hero” and realize that this hero can be found inside of any human being and may be significant to many other people around.
Nowadays, people hear such word as “hero” very often. “You are my hero!” – a girl says to her boyfriend, who’s just saved her from a huge dog. “He is a real hero” – a wife thinks about his husband, who’s just repaired the roof. “This boy will be a real hero” – a grandmother demonstrates her admiration of the boy, who’s just helped her cross the road. To my mind, people just do not pay much attention to a real meaning of this word, fling and use it in accordance with their emotions and feelings.
This is why, in order to remember and understand a true meaning of heroism, it is better to address to literature and find out how professional writers describe real heroes. On the one hand, it is impossible to believe that works by Robert Bolt, Frederick Douglas, and Mitch Albom have something in common. One of them lived in the middle of the 19th century, another is from the 1900s, and the last one is still alive and work in Detroit.
However, on the other hand, all these stories are based on real events, the authors introduce real heroes, who take really important and courageous steps in their lives, and these stories are not about some unbelievable human qualities or world disasters – each of these stories presents ordinary people within ordinary conditions, and explains how their attitudes to life and the desire to be better made them real heroes for many people around.
The main hero from Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas , an American Slave got a wonderful chance to comprehend “the pathway from slavery to freedom” at the time, he did not really expected it (Douglas, 39). A real hero should understand the sense of freedom, and it is possible only in case of being enslaved and then getting the cherished freedom.
And in order to achieve this freedom, it is crucially important to control own desires and evaluate the situations from different perspectives, like another hero of selfhood from A Man for All Seasons, Sir Thomas More. The main purpose of More was “do prepare myself for, higher things” (Bolt, 22).
To my mind, these heroes are connected by one purpose – to be ready to do great things and help the others. As for helping other people, this very quality is also inherent Morrie Schwartz from Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. The teacher demonstrates his unbelievable courage in spite of the fact that he is already aware of his death, and this painful and frustrating process reminds the hero about soon end. He cares about his students, tries to teach them the best qualities, in order to provide them with a chance to improve their own lives and their attitude to this world.
“Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live” (Albom, 104). In this case, the meaning of the word dying may be interpreted in different ways and compared to the ideas of other heroes under consideration: if you were not enslaved, you could not appreciate freedom; if you could not comprehend own desires, you could not explain them to the others; if you did not die, you could not enjoy this life and live.
In general, these three characters have one feature in common – they want to be ready to take great steps in order to help other people to achieve success, and, at the same time, not to forget about personal self-improvement even being bound by unfair realities of this world.
Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. Broadway, 2002.
Bolt, Robert. A Man for All Seasons: A Play of Sir Thomas More. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1996.
Douglas, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom Essay
The generation gap is a persistent problem that prevents the younger generation from learning and finding their way in life. Tuesdays with Morrie by Albom is an explicit example of how accepting the authority of an older person can help the younger generation to deal with their emotional issues and set their priorities. Before spending fourteen weeks with his professor, Mitch was unable to engage in his life and relationships due to the inability to deal with his emotions. At the same, communication between generations is also vital for the elderly, since it brings peace and a sense of purpose to their lives. The analysis of the plot, characters, and themes of Tuesdays with Morrie leads to the understanding that today’s society prevents younger adults from learning from the elderly.
Tuesdays with Morrie is a novel written in the form of memoirs about the meetings of Mitch Albom and his college professor, Morrie Schwartz, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The action takes place in the nineties, during the O. J. Simpson trial, when Mitch accidentally finds out that his college professor, who was once very dear to him, is terminally ill. Mitch recalls that he once promised to keep in touch with his professor, but failed to do so. Albom decides to visit Morrie and finds him slowly losing control of his body due to the illness. After the first meeting, during which the professor and his student discuss the importance of love, Mitch decides to visit Morrie every Tuesday and talk about life.
During the following fourteen weeks, the narrator witnesses the gradual decline of Morrie’s life while taking essential lessons from him. Every week the two characters focus on a specific topic, and Mitch records the conversation. The novel describes how Morrie teaches to deal with regrets, self-pity, and the fear of aging. The professor preaches the importance of love and family while criticizing American culture and greed. Throughout the meetings, Morrie tries to accept his fate and find a piece with his illness slowly moving to identify himself with his spirit rather than the body. Shortly after the fourteenth meeting, Morrie passes away, and Albom writes the memoir to help pay for his professor’s extensive medical bills and passing the wisdom to further generations.
The has two main characters, Mitch Albom, the narrator, and Morrie Schwartz, the interviewee. Mitch is a middle-aged man who has given up his dream of becoming a pianist to afford a living. He is a successful journalist who is financially prosperous but unhappy. According to Michau and Louw, Albom seeks assistance in personal life to become a successful person, since he was already successful professionally (140). He struggles from being emotionally handicapped since he does not know how to express his feelings in front of others. Even though in his articles, Albom writes about the misfortunes and hardships of others, he does not feel sympathetic and remains emotionally detached from the problems of others. The fourteen weeks spent with his mentor help Mitch learn life’s true values, one of which is learning to love and deal with emotions. In short, the narrator accepts the authority of the older generation, which helps him to learn vital life lessons and become a more successful man.
Morrie Schwartz is a sociology professor in his seventies battling ALS with his friends and family. He enjoys the company of his student and admits that it brings the meaning to his final days since he can share his knowledge. He is grateful to his fate for having the time to reflect upon what is important to him. Morrie believes that “the most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in” (Albom 16). He points out that most people are confused about their priorities since they seek money and material comfort. According to Verhaeghen and Hertzog, Morrie is a wise man since he knows how to deal with uncertainty and has a clear set of values (257). In brief, Morrie finds his purpose in being able to spread the knowledge and communicate with people dear to him.
The central theme of the novel is death and how it affects the individual and the environment. Morrie is given time to prepare for his death, which is crucial for the majority of people, according to Meier et al. (262). Morrie’s death is juxtaposed with the death of O. J. Simpson’s family, an abrupt, violent end of life with no possibility to make peace with dying. The novel shows the irony of death, since “everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it” (Albom 23). At the same time, Morrie treats death as a part of life and claims that when people learn how to die, they also learn how to live. The thought of death is shown as a purifier to a person’s mind since it helps people to focus on the true values and discard all the unnecessary things in life.
Another theme developed in the novel is mentorship and the importance of passing the knowledge between generations. According to Michau and Louw, the book is a vivid example of how a relationship between a mentor and a mentee should develop (134). Indeed, both Morrie and Mitch find comfort in the conversations, and the student is helped to find his way in life. Even though the book touches upon various motives, the two themes mentioned above are the basis for the development of characters.
In my opinion, Tuesdays with Morrie is a reflection of how modern society treats the elderly. In the majority of mass media, the older generation is shown negatively. Most young people, similar to Mitch, believe that they know better about how to deal with their lives. However, after several trials and failures, they turn to the wisdom of the older generation to help them find life’s meaning. Albom was lucky enough to get the knowledge from the older generation before it was too late. However, the majority of people realize that they need help when their parents and loved ones are already dead, and the relationships with them are broken. Therefore, the novel describes the need to change the priorities and start respecting the older generation to become valuable members of society.
The book reveals the problems of younger and older adults and how communication between generations can help to address these issues. For the younger generation, it is crucial to get the knowledge to become more successful in their lives. The older generation may find comfort and purpose of being in being able to share their wisdom and receive gratitude. However, the values of modern society abstract such communication, and most of the time, it is possible only accompanied by extraordinary events, such as a terminal disease.
Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson. Doubleday, 1997.
Michau, Abrie, and Willa Louw. “Tuesdays with an Open and Distance Learning Mentor.” Africa Education Review, vol. 11, no. 2, 2014, pp. 133-145.
Meier, Emily A., et al. “Defining a Good Death (Successful Dying): Literature Review and a Call for Research and Public Dialogue.” The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, vol. 24, no. 4, 2016, pp. 261-271.
Verhaeghen, Paul, and Christopher K. Hertzog. The Oxford Handbook of Emotion, Social Cognition, and Problem Solving in Adulthood. Oxford University Press, 2014.
Lessons on Death and Life in “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom Report
The book “Tuesdays with Morrie” is about the lessons the author (Mitch Albom) learnt from a former College teacher, coach and friend-Morrie Schwartz on death and life. Essentially, the book starts with a brief history on Morrie’s life before the illness and his reaction after the diagnosis. Readers learn that Morrie opted not to throw in the towel but continued with these classroom activities until his body could not allow him to do so. Mitch Albom then gives a brief summary of his interactions with Morrie in College.
Eventually, we learn about the first time Mitch sees Morrie on TV after decades of loosing touching and this is the ice breaker that brings these two individuals together. The rest of the book essential delves into the lessons on life that Morrie gets from his dying mentor. It is called Tuesdays with Morrie because that is the day when they meet every week. In these lessons, Morrie clarifies the most important aspects of life and affirms that one needs to be bold enough to focus on these things.
To the protagonist, living life in the moment and then detaching oneself from those moments is a sure way to get the most out of it. Furthermore, he asserts that when one focuses on giving rather than taking then one can find purpose. To him, it is the little things that matters the more as seen through his description of what a perfect day is. He also stresses the importance of family and love as these are essential foundations that can get one through the hardest and most difficult times.
When I started this remarkable book, I expected to get insights on death and the end of life (although I was able get these) the most profound aspect about the book was its teaching on life and living. It has lessons for almost every single aspect of life that one faces i.e. school, marriage, careers, money, society and most importantly life’s misfortunes. It taught me how to get the best out of life rather than focus on a frantic rat race.
The book was so profound to me because it was not a work of fiction; these were all assertions made by a real human being. Morrie Schwartz did indeed fall victim to the unforgiving illness – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and all the advice he gave was personal and genuine. I could connect with every emotion, every struggle and every loss. To me, the author did a splendid job by capturing all of Morrie’s assertions in a book that has been distributed to the rest of world.
There is no doubt that what Morrie shared with the author is relevant in any person’s life and it can therefore make another’s life richer and better. This book has definitely changed my life. I keep referring to it from time to time and will read little bits of it just so that I can be reminded about the richness and wealth of living. I never take things for granted now.
List of Quotes and My Reactions
“..the idea of quitting did not occur to Morrie.” (Albom, 9)
This quote comes at a time in the novel when Professor Morrie has been diagnosed with the illness and is slowly losing some of the most treasured aspects of his existence such as privacy, the ability walk and independence. At this point, any person would have decided to just go home and retire. However, Morrie’s tenacity is quite amazing because he chooses to continue teaching even in this painful and difficult circumstance. To me, this illustrates that even though life may seem harder than usual, one must not throw in the towel so easily.
“After the funeral, my life changed, I felt as if time were suddenly precious..”(Albom, 15)
Here, the author is talking about one of the earliest experiences he had with death. His most favorite relative i.e. his uncle lost his life to pancreatic cancer. He watched as the latter struggled with the ailment. What hurt him the most was that this uncle was the one who he looked up to as a young life. He was also the same person who taught him the little things in life like football, driving and women. It was therefore understandable if the death of such an important person took a heavy toll on Mitch.
He reacted to this by changing his behavior and chasing after accomplishments. I felt that this reaction is something common to anyone who goes through a sudden negative occurrence in one’s life. Because the shock and the pain are often too much, many people will avoid that pain by looking for outlets. Conversely, some may believe that by doing things differently, they can shield or somehow stop a similar shocking experiences in the future. I believe Mitch experienced a change in attitude because he was engaging in this frantic endeavor.
“ Am I going to withdraw from life.. or am I going to live?” (Albom, 21)
Here, Morrie is in a TV interview when he was talking about the end of life. I was really struck by this statement because I realized that one must make a conscious decision to engage in life. It is this conscious decision that can assist an individual to make the most of one’s circumstances as Morrie did.
“There’s a big confusion in this country over what we want and what we need” (Albom, 126)
This was another profound statement uttered by Morrie when discussing the American culture with this former student. I was moved by this sentence because it occurred to me that whenever things appear to be going wrong; this is always a sign of a deeper problem underneath. People often error in terms of first principles because they misunderstand something. In this case, individuals in the US have forgotten the importance of needs and are now merely focusing on wants.
“Yes, after all, I get to be a baby one more time” (Albom, 49)
Here, Morrie was talking about becoming so sick that he cannot carry out normal toilet hygiene on his own and he would have to rely on another person to assist him in that task. This seemed like a very disturbing thought but what struck me was the immense positivity that Morrie had. Instead of throwing his hands up, he chooses to look at one of the most embarrassing situations in his life positively. This just showed me that if one tries hard enough, one can always find something good about a situation.
“Am on the last great journey here and people want me to tell them what to pack” (Albom, 33)
As I read the book, I realized how interdependent humans are towards each other and this quote captures that essence quite well. Man is essentially uncertain about various elements about his life and is always on the lookout for some guidance. In other words, members of the society need each other.
However, when one looks at this keenly, one can also see an element of self interest here. Individuals often shower praises upon others calling them courageous and outstanding as they did with Morrie. But underneath those praises is a self seeking agenda from the concerned parties because they just want to get something that will help them.
“People were so hungry for love they were accepting substitutes” (Albom, 125)
The author has managed to put a serious context on the material culture that has taken over this society through this quote. It is often difficult to associate the frantic chase for material things with emotional matters. It is not that people who chase after material wealth do not need emotional satisfaction or love; it is simply that they are actually so desperate for it. Furthermore, one can see that a profound misunderstanding has occurred in terms of how to fill this void.
“This is how you get respect; by offering something you have.” (Albom, 127)
Society is always trying to demystify life’s purpose and they do this by trying to unlock the secret of happiness. Morrie is able to throw some light on this matter by asserting that this is all about give and take. When one can make a change in someone else’s life, then that automatically adds meaning. Essentially, the book shows why looking for money cannot add meaning to life. Instead of giving to one’s community, the search for money only takes it away; no wonder so many people are still miserable in their wealth.
“… Then I’d like to go for a walk in a garden with some trees..” (Albom, 176)
Morrie was describing his perfect day if he was able to recover all his senses and all the other things that made him normal. Instead of making these insane wishes about visiting the Bahamas, Morrie’s idea of a perfect day was a walk in the park, visiting friends and the like. Although these might appear like very simple things, yet it is those things that actually add meaning to life. Through the book, one can learn that treasuring those moments and finding perfection in every single thing one does is the key to contentment.
“Here’s what I mean by building your subculture…but these things; those you ,must choose for yourself” (Albom, 155)
This book illustrates how we need not accept everything our society presents to us as acceptable. Although society advocates for a material culture, one has the right to reject this because it clearly has a lot of flaws. This is book is therefore empowering because it shows people the freedom they have to curve out their own identities by choosing the right values.
Albom, M. Tuesdays with Morrie. NY: Random house publishers