“An old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson” As said
on the cover is a simple, yet wonderful way to explain Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. This text will surely
leave an impact on your life. Whether it’s big or small, you’ll for sure
remember this heartwarming memoir. Albom does an excellent job of explaining
his story and the idea of how death isn’t necessarily a terrible thing, but we
can learn a valuable life lesson through death. For this essay I will be
focusing in the lens of reader response and dive into some psychological
thoughts. One major theme in this text is the idea that without love we will perish.
“Without love, we are birds with broken wings” (92)Albom. This quote is a
fitting example of love each other or perish because it explains that without our
family, friends and the things we love doing then we are nothing more than a
flightless bird with no means of survival.
To start off, Tuesdays
with Morrie is about a former student, Mitch Albom, and former
professor, Morrie Schwartz. The two had become great friends through the years
and after graduating from university, Mitch promises Morrie he will keep in
touch with him but fails to do so. It isn’t until 20 years later when Mitch
stumbles upon the T.V show, Nightline, where Morrie is being interviewed.
Because of this Mitch contacts his professor and travels out to met Morrie, who
has ALS. From there, they decide to meet every Tuesday in which Morrie gives
lessons on the meaning of life and go through topics each Tuesday.
Throughout this memoir, Morrie constantly reminds us about
love because it is something he cherishes and is valuable to him. In childhood,
Morrie lacked the love and support from family at an early age in his childhood.
His father was a busy man and since is mother had died, his father became
distant from him. It wasn’t until his step-mother Eva gave him this kind of
love and compassion he needed. Since then Morrie had continued to spread his
abundance of love. Family, as we all know, is very important. A family’s love
is what nurtures us and makes us stronger. We lean on them for support and at
some point, in our lives we feel like our family only brings us down or we get
into a fight with one another and hate them. Although, at the end of the day,
this feeling goes away, and we only feel it for a short amount of time because
we love our family. Of course, our friends are important, but our family is
irreplaceable and always there. Morrie states “The fact is, there is no
foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the
family. It’s become quite clear to me as I’ve been sick. If you don’t have the
support and love and caring and concern you get from a family, you don’t have
much at all. Love is so supremely important.” (91) This quote very much true in
every way. “Love is so supremely important”, as Morrie says, because without
the existence of love then the world would be a cold and dark place. As
Morrie’s days come near to end, he realizes that if it were not for his family
that watches over him through his sickness then he would perish. “Knowing that
your family will be there watching out for you, nothing else will give you
that. Not money. Not fame” (92).
If you think about it, love is the foundation of everything.
Without love you can’t have a functioning team. We can’t have friends, a
wonderful spouse. Without love, we all might as well be dead. When Morrie says,
“Love each other or perish” His idea is that if you don’t have any love then
you’re not really living. Our main character, Mitch, finally realizes that
Morrie is right. Mitch has always had a habit of putting Janine second and
focusing on his work and this has always created problems in their
relationship, resulting in her slowly drifting away. Mitch was like an empty
soul, mindlessly doing work. Morrie explains “So many people walk around with a
meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they busy doing things they
think is important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things” (43).
Mitch’s lack of love pushes Janine away as he is so focused on his work and
money he forgets the most important thing in his life. If you can’t give love,
then you can’t receive it. This can connect to Morrie’s quote “The most
important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come
in.” (52). If Mitch were to continue what he did he would have nothing left.
His life would be meaningless, unsatisfying and unbelievably lonely. Because of
Morrie’s wise words and love between Mitch and Morrie, it drives mitch to
change his ways and put Janine first. Morrie helps Mitch understand that the
key to happiness and success in life, is love and puts Mitch on the right
track. “…devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community
around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose
and meaning” (43). Morrie’s words are a clear example that we must love each
other to find happiness in life or live a life of nothing.
In life, humans tend to take things for granted and like
Mitch, we tend to forget the things that matter most to us. Currently, the
internet plays a big part in our lives. We all have our face glued to a
computer screen or our phones. The biggest thing that everyone wants now in
life is that 1 second of fame. But is it worth it? With all our technology, we
never really get to socialize. Most of us miss that opportunity to make forever
lasting bonds. Mitch and Morrie are an example of that bond. As Morrie’s death
comes soon, he explains to Mitch that death ends a life, not a relationship. “As
long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can
die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there.
All the memories are still there. You live on – in the hearts of everyone you
have touched and nurtured while you were here” (174) This passage is clear in a
sense that love is immortal. This text can also explain “Love each other or
perish”. The love Morrie and Mitch had for each other will always be there,
even in death. Love is an essence in life and in death. Even if Morrie is to
“Perish”, he isn’t dying alone. He surrounded by everyone he loves and can die
peacefully because he achieved happiness. It’s important to go out and socialize with
others and make the most of life while you still have the chance because in the
end, without love we are nothing. Not only is it important to bond with others,
but be compassionate. “Be compassionate… And take responsibility for each other. If we
only learned those lessons, this world would be so much better a place” In this
final lesson that Morrie teach Mitch, he emphasis that help whenever you can
because that person will do the same. “Love each other or perish”, be
compassionate and the world would be much better. Even the world needs love or
it will just perish.
Tuesdays with Morrie has
helped me understand things that I never really thought about. Tuesdays with Morrie is an
excellent read and you learn a forever lasting lesson and that’s the remarkable
thing about Tuesdays with Morrie.
It sheds light on the idea of living your life to fullest and make sure you’re
happy. Not do something because society says so. The most important part, as I
have said throughout this essay, is love. Without the love of our family and forever
lasting bonds then we are nothing. Love is our legacy and as Morrie says,
“Without love, we are birds with broken wings” (92). Spread love and you’ll in
return receive it. These are all important aspects in Tuesdays with Morrie and really defines the idea of love
each other or perish