Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

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What is Morrie's philosophy about money and power?  

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Morrie Schwartz, a professor of sociology at Brandeis University, achieved posthumous fame after a distinguished academic career as the subject of his former student Mitch Albom's memoir, Tuesdays With Morrie. Although Schwartz's specialization was sociology (and, in particular, the care of patients in mental institutions), he had a strong background in philosophy and his thinking is frequently informed by the great philosophers. In Tuesdays With Morrie, he says

Don't cling to things because everything is impermanent.

This idea can be traced back to Heraclitus in the Western philosophical tradition. Since the fifth century BC, practically every major philosopher has taken the same line as Morrie Schwartz, which is to say that people chase after money and power because they imagine (and have been told) that money and power will make them happy, but this never works in practice. When one is dying (and we are all dying), money and power provide no comfort, and the sooner we recognize how...

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