So many people walk around with a meaningless life.They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important.This is because they are 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 and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
An old man, a young man and life greatest lesson, this book is full of reality that I can’t think of.The book is an autobiographical account that was beautifully written and
short presenting ideas that are poignant, sweet and thought provoking.Sprinkled with mildly heartbreaking elements.It’s not overly emotional or sappy or pulling relentlessly on the readers heartstrings, and it doesn’t have to.It’s a sweet reminder of important things, a gentle prod in the direction of what matters and doesn’t pretend to be anything else.
In the book, a student accidentally learns that his favorite professor is dying from ALS [16 years after graduating], a debilitating disease which inevitably ends with a painful death.Since dying from ALS is protracted, Morrie gets to philosophize about living, and the student is once again a student.This time, the course is not sociology but life itself.There is no insane plot twist or dramatic prose; just a series of 14 interviews with Morrie. Each interview covers a different side of life,e.g.money, relationships,culture and common life mistakes we are all prone to.
‘Here’s what I mean about building your own little subculture ‘Morrie said. ‘I don’t mean you disregard every rule of your community. I don’t go around naked, for example. I don’t run through red lights. 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.’
I became Morrie’s student too , of his wisdom as he ponders what’s really important in life while at the edge of death.Old people used to be revered for their wisdom. These days youth is revered and old people are just broken down bodies. The book is more of being dazzled by the wisdom of an older person. Many times we are. Morrie passes on his experiences and knowledge to Mitch and then he uses the lessons to reevaluate the choices he has made in his life.Each chapter of the book had me appreciating the simplest of things.Being surrounded by a wonderful family, listening to music, morning coffee-I’ve embedded these into my brain as normal.
Tuesday visits teach the young Mitch on how to live and die.There is an aphorism he kept insisting ‘once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.’It Dawned on me that wisdom grows with age but the development of wisdom accelerates when mortality becomes clear.I fell in love with Morrie’s courage and positivism in the face of horrific, debilitating effects of ALS. Each day he is more alive despite being face to face with the certainty of death.Death did end Morrie’s life but not our relationship with him. Morrie wanted to be known and remembered.He and his wisdom are.
This book was very enlightening.I enjoyed Morrie’s perspective on life and death.I hope to take a little bit of attitude and apply it in my own life.It was a quick read and so worth my time!I understand book nerds have literature preferences, so, of course, I would not recommend this to everyone.But I genuinely think most people would benefit from reading this nonetheless.To me, it was an impeccable read especially because the framework of the message of love and returning to whats important is archetypal in the world literature.
NB;The book was a referral from The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma.