Life is a great surprise I do not see why death should not be an even greater one “Everyone knows they’re going to die… but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently…. There’s a better approach. To know you’re going to die, and to be prepared for it at any time. That’s better. That way you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living. ” (Albom 82). Morrie feels that people refuse to believe that they will come one day die, and therefore, do not lives there lives as fully as they would have liked and also have many regrets as they become older and their death becomes closer.
He feels that once we learn and accept that we are one day going to die, we learn to live our fully and without any regrets. Morrie repeats this quote frequently throughout the chapter to emphasize how important and helpful it is to accept death, and what a benefit it would be to living the remainder of our lives. Morrie wants Mitch to see how he able appreciates the smaller, more genuine things in life, knowing that his death is appropriate. Day by Day remind yourself that you are going to die later in life. So live a good a healthy life.
Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom allows the reader to experience that teaching of his dying professor, Morrie Schwartz. In the novel, Mitch is taught by Morrie once you learn how to die you learned how to live. Dying is a way of life, we was put on this earth for three reasons born, live, and die. The first aspect once life is known to be coming to an end, and the inevitable is accepted life is live moment to moment. No times is wasted on less important things because times become precious. Life is finally given its full value at the sight of death.
Another aspect importance of relationships as well, in order to deal with life and death, family is key to providing the care and love needed to pass peacefully and securely. Learning how to live and cope with death also involved knowing how much to grieve for your own demise. The purpose of life is not to live but to die because life is a test where you going to go in the after life. The feeling to living life to the fullest is immediately thrown out knowing that some day an end to these experiences and lessons will inevitably come.
Stress can be greatly decreased if a death is accepted; however, coping with death by refusing to believe one will die is psychologically natural. All combined Cancers rank as some of the highest causes of death, with cancer of the lungs as one of the largest. Strokes are also one of the highest in the world, accounting for 100,000+ deaths in the United States. “We want our lives to have meaning death suggest life adds up to nothing. ”(Qtd Mchugh) This quote means we have to live to the fullest never know when your day can come to die. Life is too short to be playing around cant live forever.
If you believe in the Bible, the meaning of life is Jesus Christ, because He is the only one that defeated death. To be hard working and serve God. To help out in fixing communities, you should not live only for fun but to help others and enjoy life too. “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re 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 you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
”(Albom 43) Mitch recalls this quote, that Morrie had once told him, at the beginning of the novel when he was describing his job and his lifestyle. Mitch was a very busy, career and success oriented sports reporter. He chased money, success, and materialistic things. He recalled that Morrie had once told him how so many people get caught leading a meaningless life; they become too involved in their job, money, and fall under the popular culture dictatorship. Morrie feels that so many people are mislead thinking all of these things are important and they are too busy chasing these things that their life passes right by them.
Morrie says that to create meaning in our life, we must love and show compassion for others. This way we create our own meaning of life and do not waste our life chasing false and superficial dreams. Ironically, Mitch lives this exact life of “chasing the wrong things. Culture allows us to feel us if death is not approaching and distance ourselves from the inevitable to the point that we feel as if we cannot die. Similarities seen with many who have undergone “near death” experiences due mainly to advanced technology in which a person can be lost but still survive.
Despite the recent founding of the term, it has been ascertained that near-death experiences are not at all contemporary occurrences. Neither are they exclusive to certain age, gender, occupation, ethnicity, or religious group. Such spiritual episodes have been in existence from the time of the ancient philosopher Plato who, in his republic, wrote about a B. C. Greek soldier’s brush with death. Portions of near-death elements are scattered in various medieval Christian writing. Mostly “revitalizing” event as stated by those that undergo it begins to take life with the value it truly possesses.
“With a changed perspective about the importance of relationships compared to mere material gain. ” (Qtd Inquiry) This quote explains that relationships is incredibly important, and not material gains, although this quote is stated that material gain is still existent and part of life. Today, with the influx of modern near-death experience accounts in books, journals, television shows, motion pictures and the internet, more and more people are familiar with the phrase “light at the end of the tunnel,” as the near death experiences of various individuals give humanity a deeper understanding of death and the afterlife.
The near-death experience is an inspirational glimpse of a positive spiritual life after physical death. “Once you learn how to live you learn how to die. ”(Albom 82) Throughout this quote, Morrie feels that people refuse to believe that they will one day die, and therefore, do not live there lives as fully as they would have liked and also have many regrets as they become older and their death becomes closer. He feels that once we learn and accept that we are one day going to die, we learn to live our lives fully and without any regrets.
Morrie repeats this quotes frequently throughout the chapter to emphasize how important and helpful it is to accept death, and what a benefit it would be to living the remainder of our lives. Morrie also wants Mitch to see how he is able to appreciate the smaller, more genuine things in life, knowing that his death is approaching. Life is finally given its full value at the sight of death. Morrie stressed the importance of relationships as well, stating they are necessary in aiding one’s passage. In order to deal with life and death, family is the key to providing the care and love needed to pass peacefully and securely.
Learning how to live and cope with death also involved knowing how much to grieve for your own demise. Death is biologically inevitable, however when it does finally come, it is seen to do so abruptly, even if it involves a terminal illness. Birth and Death are similar in a way because they are greatly important both emotionally and in the continued existence of humanity. They are opposites in a way too cause birth is anticipated and death is avoided. Immediate shock and disbelief followed by full impact of the death and last, the integration of the loss into daily loss.
“Birth meant an invitation to a life of suffering and never ending work, and of the inevitable sickness and death of which there was no escape. ” (Qtd Roman) this quote means birth is gift to life and death is like a surprise party and everybody invited because nobody knows when they going to die. People stress the true importance of family with many objects that are not important in their lives. Material possessions, mainly due to our cultural aspects on life, have ruled our notion on how life should be lived. The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves.
And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn’t work, don’t buy it. ”(Albom 42) This quote illustrates one of the themes in the novel: popular culture vs. self-created values. Morrie feels that we should reject pop-culture values and develop our own sense of values and culture. Morrie feels that the media creates a culture of greed, violence, and lacking satisfaction. Morrie developed his own culture long before he got sick. He appreciated such things like holding discussion groups, walks with friends and dancing. He read books, founded community projects and kept in touch with old colleagues and students.
He never wasted time watching TV; instead he took more time enjoying nature, food, and human activities. Morrie also feels that if we are successful at rejecting pop-culture we will lead more meaningful lives, embrace aging, and live without regret. Many Americans put this aside to the point that the actual realization is far more stressful than it should be. People should stressed the importance of begin involved in day to day life and aiding in one’s community. This can be seen as living life to the fullest and taking in the positive aspects while we still have a chance.
People should appreciate the natural surroundings. Simple things more than anything else, suggesting that true importance is left in the smallest of things. The purpose of life is not to live but to die. “Everyone knows they’re going to die, but nobody believes it. ”(Albom 70) Morries’s words on this subject are very in depth in that he had to live the last months of his life with this fact looming over his head. He further revitalizes the sense that in our culture do not understand that death is truly inevitable to all of us. The purpose of life is to choose whom you will be loyal to.
Either you will show yourself willing to live under the rule of God of the universe or you will choose to live as a slave to self and to sin. Life is a test we have to pass the right way for a reward in life hereafter. Works Cited Albom, Mitch. Tuesdays with Morrie. New York: Doubleday Publishing Group,Inc. , 1997 “Death: An Inquiry into Man’s Most Mortal Weakness. ” (Online) Available http://library. thinkquest. org/16665/cgi-bin/index. cgi April 22, 2007 Mchugh, Paul R. “Dying made easy. ” Commentary. February 1999:13-17 “When the rains falls. ” Publishers Weekly 29 October 2012.