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Life’s Greatest Lesson Morrie Schwartz was an intelligent, interesting senior
citizen that touched a lot of people, especially Mitch Albom. Morrie passed on a lot of
his knowledge in the last few months of his life, due to amyotrophic lareral sclerosis
(ALS). This paper will touch on Morrie’s philosophy of life, what he says is
important and valuable, and also the struggles and problems of life. I will also compare
Morrie’s message with other philosophies and also give my opinion about
Morrie’s theory of human nature and philosophy of life. Morrie’s philosophy of
life is full of many ideas and to better understand it it’s easier to break it down
into parts. One of the philosophies was to cherish family and to be more open about your
emotions so that you will not regret it when you or a loved one dies. Another one of
Morrie’s philosophies is to be open to forgiveness the following quote shows how
Morrie regrets not forgiving one of his closest friends. “ Over the years, I met
Norman a few times and he always tried to reconcile, but I didn’t accept it. I
wasn’t satisfied with his explanation. I was prideful. Mitch...a few years ago...he
died of cancer. I never got to forgive him” (Albom p. 166). That quote showed how
Morrie deeply regrets not forgiving his friend, for something he should have, and how not
forgiving him will bother him for the rest of his life. Another part of Morrie’s
philosophy has to do with culture. The following quote shows how strongly he felt about
the way American people should live. “You start making money a god. It is all part
of this culture.....The little things I can obey. But the big things- how we think, what
we value- those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone or any society
determine those for you” (Albom p.154-155). This quote shows that Morrie does not
agree with the way many American people live their life. Many let the culture tell them
how to live their life but his philosophy is that you must be your own person and
don’t let anyone else tell you how to live. Morrie put a lot of emphasis on what is
important and valuable in his philosophy of life. One value that he felt very strongly
about was that people look at material things to judge others instead of looking on the
inside and getting to know them. One quote that supports this statement says how we should
not depend on material things to find happiness and love. “They were embracing
material things and expecting a sort of hug back. But it never works. You can’t
substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of
comradeship” (Albom p. 125). This quote shows one of Morrie’s strongest
values, it tells how he felt about money and material items. Morrie felt that people look
to much at what others have and base their friends on money. You cannot turn to cars,
money, or mansions to get love and be liked by others. If someone is your true friend they
will love you for who you are and not what you have. Morrie also had ideas on the
challenges faced by humans and our human nature. He highlighted some of the struggles and
problems faced by most humans. The following quote shows how Morrie felt about people
basing their lives on money instead of simple pleasures. “Morrie had always been
taken with simple pleasures, singing, laughing, dancing. Now, more than ever, material
things held little or no significance...We’ve got a form of brainwashing going on in
our country.....More money is good, more property is good, more commercialism is
good...The average person is so fogged up by all this, he has no perspective on
what’s really important anymore” (Albom p. 124-125). This quote shows how
Morrie feels about the country and the way people live. He sees more pleasure in simple
things such as singing and dancing, but the American people look at pleasure as having
more money than someone else or more property. Morrie sees this as being a big problem in
the country today. He feels that people should be themselves and have fun without looking
at how much they own. To better understand Morrie’s philosophy I will compare and
contrast it with some other philosophies. First, compare the philosophy of Karl Marx to
Morries’. One point that Marx and Morrie would agree on would probably be what Marx
calls historical determinism. Historical determinism according to Marx is how we respond
to history in predictable ways. It’s how we have freewill to change and react to
things (Stevenson p. 140). Morrie would support this theory and could use the example of
not forgiving his friend. He had the freewill to choose wether to forgive and how he
reacted when his friend died and his chance to forgive him was gone. The next point Marx
makes is that there is no individual human nature. Every action of every human potentially
effects others (Stevenson p. 140). Morrie would agree by saying that what one person does
can greatly effect other people. For example how the laughter of other people makes him
feel good, but the sorrow other people have for him and his illness makes him feel bad.
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