Mitch Albom jokes that Morrie became a professor "by default": he hates blood and law, but still wants to help others. Morrie grew up in a lower-class family, and during the Depression, his father worked in a factory that made fur clothing. Morrie went to the factory once with his father and there he witnessed the supervisors yelling at the workers. Morrie felt that the supervisors' treatment of the workers was unjust, and from that point on, he set his sights on working to help people understand the complex relationships that develop in society. Morrie decides to become a professor to reach out to others and spread this knowledge.