What is the central theme in Tuesdays with Morrie?

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The main theme in Tuesdays With Morrie centers around what one can learn about life through death.  The book is about a professor, Morrie Schwartz, who has ALS.  One of Morrie's former students, Mitch Album, had Morrie as a professor in one of his classes in college.  He and Morrie were close while he was in college, but after graduating, the connection weakened as Mitch moved on in life.  When Mitch learned about Morrie's situation, he began to visit Morrie every Tuesday.  Each visit was like a class.  The main focus of each class was what a person can learn about life when facing death.  Morrie wants people to live life while they are able to do so.  Life is fragile and changes so quickly because of an illness, an accident, or other factors.  No matter what one's situation is in life, people must make the most of it.  While there may be a little time for pity, one must not become self absorbed.  If a person does that, then they aren't living.  Morrie wants people to focus on the important things in life.  These include loving one's family, having close friends, and living life.  Too often, people get caught up chasing the wrong things in life or focusing on things which really don't matter.  This book, while focusing on Morrie's impending decline and eventual death, teaches us how to live life to its fullest.

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