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by Mitch Albom

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What is the central theme in Tuesdays with Morrie?

The central theme in Tuesdays with Morrie is the way in which accepting one’s own death can help one to understand what really matters in life and to live more meaningfully.

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In his 1897 prose poem, Les Nourritures terrestres, André Gide writes

A not sufficiently constant thought of death has given an insufficient value to the tiniest moments of your life. Don’t you understand that each moment would not take on such incomparable vividness if it were not detached, so to speak, on the dark background of death?

Despite being written two decades before Morrie Schwartz was born, this is an excellent encapsulation of the philosophy he expressed over the last months of his life, and which Mitch Albom recounts in Tuesdays with Morrie. Morrie knows that he is facing imminent death, and it is against this background that he determines to make the most of life. In extension, he takes it upon himself to teach Albom and others how to do so. The proximity of death has forced Morrie to evaluate what is really important in his life, and he comes to the conclusion that building and maintaining connections with those around him is of paramount importance.

As Gide says that people...

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