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Tuesday's With Morrie Analysis

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“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both” (Eisenhower). At times we tend to overlook the smaller precious things in life, when that happens we tend to lose ourselves. As a growing society we learn from our mistakes, we grow through our own troubles or through those we hold dear to us. Through comparative character analysis’s and contrasts of Mitch Albom in the novel, Tuesday’s with Morrie and Forrest Gump from the film ‘Forrest Gump’, the acquisition of knowledge is often a painful experience and through suffering, one can achieve various degrees of wisdom. In our society survival becomes a prominent force in our life, anything less than what is necessary ...view middle of the document...

By watching Morrie living through this slow incurable disease called ALS, Mitch learned that life shouldn’t be taken for granted, you can open up to people, love and be happy even when people close to you die early. The later Morrie went on, even at seventy-eight he learned how corrupted society makes us, “At seventy-eight, he was giving as an adult and taking as a child.” (Mitch Albom p.116) Believing that if we have to depend on others makes us a lesser person. Except, at our worst moments we need to be able to adapt to change with the changes that are happening to us. In the film ‘Forrest Gump’, Forrest was born different, and because of those material differences people mocked and bullied him. Throughout his entire life, there had been things that caused him misery but his mother was always by his side, supporting him and keeping him from most of the cruel judgments of others, with her quiet connotations that Forrest would be able to understand. It was because of these mean people that Forrest learned to be strong willed, “Don't ever let anybody tell you they're better than you, Forrest. If God intended everybody to be the same, he'd have given us all braces on our legs.” (Forrest Gump) From a young age to the moment she died, Forrest’s mother had been teaching him important lessons both personal and about society, that we just have to make do and be the best. The difference between accepting the bad of life and just letting it wash over you, is seeing Mitch and how he changed for society. Forrest stayed true to himself, he was able to learn that it’s acceptable to be different and do different things than most even when people tried to bring him down.

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning." (Albom p.43) A foundation in psychology is the belief that most of us learn by association, we learn by watching or following others. In today’s society following others around is a norm, people no longer get far because they are smart, or have studied up on the subject they’re pursuing in life. People get far in today’s society by acting a parrot, by copying others or just being able to memorize material to get ahead. We’re doing this because we’ve learned that you are no longer able to do what you “want” in life because you need money, money will take you further than enjoying company, enjoying the other things life offers. As a whole, we are so focused making money a fundamental in life that we become lost, we forget what happiness can be. In the text Tuesday’s with Morrie, After Mitch loses his uncle, he found he no longer wanted to waste time at his old job, he said time was precious because he thought...

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