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.
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
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
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
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
….More money is good, more property is good, more commercialism
.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 .