illustration of author Mitch Albom sitting next to Morrie Schwartz, who is lying in a bed

Tuesdays With Morrie

by Mitch Albom
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What does Tuesdays With Morrie teach us?

Tuesdays With Morrie teaches us to appreciate what we have, to love those around us, and to accept that death is a part of life.

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One of the main lessons of Tuesdays With Morrie is to appreciate life and to accept that death is inevitable.

Tuesdays With Morrie is ultimately about affirming life in spite of the reality of aging and death. Morrie is suffering from ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that will leave him totally...

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One of the main lessons of Tuesdays With Morrie is to appreciate life and to accept that death is inevitable.

Tuesdays With Morrie is ultimately about affirming life in spite of the reality of aging and death. Morrie is suffering from ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that will leave him totally dependent on other people for physical aid, but he still aspires to face his circumstances with a compassionate, almost Buddhist acceptance. Morrie's condition so degenerates that he can no longer use the bathroom on his own or feed himself, but he still feels life is worth living and hopes to impart this to Mitch, his pupil from many years ago.

According to Morrie, it is instead the youth-obsessed, modern mainstream culture which is to be pitied and then rejected. Morrie believes that in deifying the young and shunning the end of life, modern people have become more shallow and spiritually imprisoned. In its own way, worshipping youth is a rejection of life since life includes death. To cling to impermanent things such as youth, beauty, and success is a recipe for misery, and so Morrie emphasizes the need to transcend such desires and find meaning through appreciating life as it is and in fostering friendships with other people.

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