What is Morrie's perspective on self pity?no

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The book "tuesdays with Morrie" is based on a series of visits that a young man, Mitch Albom, has with his former professor, Morrie Schwartz.  Morrie is older now and is suffering and dying from ALS.  He is unable to walk and has to use a wheelchair.  He has to endure pain and discomfort daily.  He is dependent on someone to take him to use the bathroom.  Mitch asks Morrie if he feels sorry for himself.

Morrie answers him honestly explaining that he does in the mornings at times.  He says that he moves his appendages around to see what abilities he has lost and then he mourns them.  He tells Mitch he lets himself cry and then he stops.  He does not allow himself any more than that amount of pity.

"Mitch, I don't allow myself any more self-pity than that.  A little each morning, a few tears, and that's all."(57)

He also tells Mitch that watching his body wilt is horrible, but it is also wonderful because he gets to tell people goodbye.  His attitude is very giving and positive despite his condition.

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