I told her she had given me the key to the meaning of life. Mitch Albom writes the true account of the teachings of his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz. Schwartz at Brandeis University and lost touch after graduating.Unbeknownst to Mitch, Morrie continued teaching social psychology until he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
I supplied them with a list of aphorisms and an assignment sheet.
Their papers were to be 3 pages, double-spaced and include all aspects on the rubric.
After finishing the book, I created an assignment for my students–a final paper over what I felt were the most important aspects of the book–the aphorisms/life lessons.
For this assignment, students were to choose two aphorisms/quotes/life lessons and define them, define them as they were presented in the book, and relate them to their personal lives.
He stated: Unfortunately, such true and sometimes touching pieces of advice don’t add up to a very wise book.
Though Albom insists that Schwartz’s words have transformed him, it’s hard to see why, to judge from the evidence in ‘’Tuesdays With Morrie.’’ To be told that we should think more of love and less of money is no doubt correct, but it’s hard to put such advice into practice unless it is accompanied by some understanding of why we ever did otherwise (Botton, 1997).
The last class Morrie will have taught “met on Tuesdays. The topics discussed include the world, feeling sorry for yourself, regrets, death, family, emotions, fear of aging, money, about how love goes on, marriage, culture, forgiveness, and the perfect day.
Of the millions of copies sold, I can assure you that there are people whose lives changed very little from the motivational call to action to live a better life.
I also disagree with the rest of Botton’s statement.
The only reason he could have been able to understand Albom would be if he had told us why we lived otherwise.