How can "Tuesdays with Morrie" help in creating your own culture if you don't believe in the one you live in now?  I am having trouble with this question. I have read the book twice but can not...

How can "Tuesdays with Morrie" help in creating your own culture if you don't believe in the one you live in now?

 

I am having trouble with this question. I have read the book twice but can not come up with an answer. Our prof. ask this question, but we don't have to write an essay. This is just for me to gather some answer.

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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First, I encourage you to re-read the Eleventh Tuesday, as this is the chapter which directly deals with creating your own subculture.

On the whole, however, this entire book is about a man who goes against everything society has deemed important, and shows how the most important things in life, rather than success, money, independence, or personal power, are relationships, compassion, and enjoying life for the little things.  The "subculture" that Morrie creates for himself if one of acceptance of the disease which he cannot change, and the celebration of the love he has for his family and friends.  With the loss of control over his muscles and bodily functions, by society's standard he should have also lost his self-dignity.  With grace and humor, Morrie embraces his fate and rises above the weakness of his body.  His mind stays sharp.  His heart (emotionally speaking) grows stronger, and he leaves the world in a conscious act of passing on a sense of wisdom that did not come from any societal standard or teaching.

If nothing else, Morrie presents himself as an example to his readers.  Though most readers will not suffer his exact fate, the common sentiment is that if he could mentally and emotionally overcome a devastating physical infirmity, what is holding us back from looking at our own problems in a more positive light?

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