Chapter 7 Summary
In “Taking Attendance,” Albom recalls his time in England covering the Wimbledon tennis competition. Albom is juggling a number of jobs for newspapers, television, and radio stations while in England; this has become routine in his life. On the stands in front of the venue, he sees tabloids that speculate about the British royalty. Looking at these articles, Albom finds himself recalling Morrie’s advice about not buying into a culture that fails to help you.
For many years, Albom has found satisfaction in his work, and only recently has he begun to realize that this is misguided. Now, when he looks around him, he sees people chasing the wrong things, like a group of tabloid photographers chasing tennis players and their celebrity girlfriends. One of them even knocks Albom down in his rush to get a photo. Seeing this tabloid culture, Albom recalls Morrie’s approach to life and how the professor focused on “human activities” like conversation and affection rather than “silly activities” like television sitcoms or celebrity gossip.
When Albom returns to Detroit, he discovers his union has gone on strike. He is suddenly out of work for the first time in years,...
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