Tuesdays With Morrie Essay

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The focus throughout Tuesdays with Morrie was on life. Many might see it as the story of death, but it is actually the story life. Morrie might talk a little on how he meets death, but what he is talking about is living at the end of his life. Mitch writes, “Now here we were . . . . . . Dying man talks to living man, tells him what he should know.”(Albom, 133) When a timer is placed on Morrie’s remaining days, he obtains a dying man’s perspective on what is truly important in life, and how to incorporate in life this importance. I looked for parts of the book that pertain directly to my life; I focused on this concept while reading this book. My thesis remained elusive. There wasn’t a Tuesday that jumped out at me, and then I came to the chapter of culture. Many of the lessons introduced by Morrie to Mitch, I have already incorporated into my life: Value relationships and value happiness with what you have, instead of the unfulfilling perception of happiness in stuff or status; Love openly with a giving heart, though I struggle with this; Knowing when to hold on and when to let go, in both relationships and megrims of the mind; to understand death as a part of life and not cling to the body as the total of self. Morrie’s “Truth” on culture is my greatest distraction from happiness. The constant barrage of a cynical, materialistic, and entitlement based culture, makes it hard to maintain perspective, and is my greatest challenge. Who we are as people, reflects the culture we are raised in. You can choose your how you live your life and what defines it, and impossible as it seems, you can choose culture.
He listened to the words Morrie delivered in college, but could no longer hear Morrie’s message. The, idealist Mitch, drifted away from his connection to his youth and his old professor. As he reconnects with Morrie, Mitch begins a life changing journey. Morrie becomes Mitch’s guru and life-coach in earnest, as he becomes Mitch’s ambassador to death. Mitch is caught in the nowhere-man, rat-race lifestyle. He is unfulfilled in his life and can’t see why. He has suckled from Mother Culture’s teat, and the poison it yields. Mitch shows he has bought into consumerism, when he says “I was part of the media thunderstorm that now soaks our country. I was in demand.” (Albom, 16) he thinks this is success, and success is happiness. Morrie reveals why Mitch’s definition of happiness is unfulfilling, because culture’s poison has been packaged as nourishment, meaningfulness and life itself. Mother culture is always whispering in your head, and the voice you hear is your own. Culture is not reality, just the mass acceptance of values and behavior that one is indoctrinated in from birth.
Morrie outlined how American culture was bad for the soul in many ways, he...

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