Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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What is the central theme in Tuesdays with Morrie?

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Tuesdays with Morrie is Mitch Albom's memoir of his days spent with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz, as the latter was dying from a horrific neurological disorder. First and foremost, the book is about the importance of adopting the right values. Having decided to put aside, at least once a week, his own self-centered professional ambitions to sit with his beloved former professor, with whom he fell out of touch over the intervening years between graduation and the discovery of Morrie's illness, Albom begins to see in his one-time academic mentor a source of wisdom about life and the inevitability of death. The lessons Albom learned from Morrie comprise the themes of Albom's book. In a chapter titled "Taking Attendence," Albom recalls something Morrie told him about the average human's pursuit of fame or material wealth at the expense of what was really important given the impermanence of all human life:

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

The theme of treasuring life itself and the relationships one makes at each phase of life runs through Tuesdays with Morrie . It is felt in every session between student and teacher. Morrie is a proponent of living a life built around these relationships and about the imperative of chasing personal fulfillment born of emotional connections. Morrie views the society around him as...

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