“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 it.”
“Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do, accept the past as past without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and to forgive others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.”
“As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed as ignorant as you were at twenty-two, you’d always be twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. Its growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die. It’s the positive that you understand you’re going to die. And that you live a better life because of it.”
“You see, you closed your eyes. That was the difference. Sometimes you cannot believe what you see; you have to believe what you feel. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them too, too —- even when you’re in the dark. Even when you’re falling.”
“Life is a series of pulls back and forth… A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match…Which side win? Love wins. Love always wins”
These were the passages that were shared to us by the passage speaker.
These passages really mean something not only in the author’s life but for us. It sends a message. It gives us a clearer picture about the meaning of life. We were enlightened through these passages.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)- A chronic, progressive disease marked by gradual degeneration of the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. The disorder causes muscle weakness and atrophy and usually results in death. Also called Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Aphorisms-A brief statement of a principle
Fumbling-o proceed awkwardly and uncertainly; blunder
Deferments-To put off; postpone.
Jotting-A brief note or memorandum.
Squirmed-to twist about in a wriggling, snakelike motion; writhe.
Grappling-to seize and hold, as with a grapple.
Atrophied-A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use:
Picketers-A person or group of persons stationed outside a place of employment, usually during a strike, to express grievance or protest and discourage entry by nonstriking employees or customers.
Intrusive-Intruding or tending to intrude.
Nostalgia-A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
Tenement-A building for human habitation, especially one that is rented to tenants.
Synagogue-A building or place of meeting for worship and religious instruction in the Jewish faith.
Murky-heavy and thick with smoke, mist, or fog; hazy.
Agnostic-One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.
Exuberance-The quality or condition of being exuberant.
these were the words that were presented b the vocabulary en richer. most of the words listed above were familiar and we know the meaning. such as , aphorisms, jotting , squirmed, grappling and etc.
so , i hope that you’ve learned some new words for today :))
He spent most of his life as a sociology professor at Brandeis University. He continues to teach as long as he can even after being diagnosed with ALS. He realizes that he is dying and learned to accept his death; he wanted to share his philosophies, on the meaning of life, with the world.
One of Morrie’s signature characteristics is his ability to draw human sprit and genuine emotion from everyone he befriends.
- He is courageous enough to learn and accept death, and that he wanted to share his philosophies, on the meaning of life, with the world.
- In addition he accepted the help of other people and was not ashamed of his disabilities. In that case, we can consider him a strong willed person.
- He is a philosopher, because of his beliefs and the lessons he taught, where in it’s all about the meaning of life. It also clearly shows that, he has formulated his own perspective in life, and was a great mentor.
- He is determined to share his philosophies to Mitch. he wanted Mitch to become a better person.
- He is also humble.
He is determined to see Mitch return to his caring self that he was in college when in Morrie’s class. During their meetings, he tells Mitch stories about his life and about his personal beliefs; he teaches him to reject pop-culture beliefs and to create his own values based on compassion and what he can offer others.
Morrie is adamant about rejecting pop-culture norms and values and maintaining his own. He has learned to accept his death and manages to continue offering love and compassion until he dies.
Morrie also accepts and does not become ashamed of his disabilities. When he becomes so sick and can no longer do his daily tasks without help from others, he embraces this and enjoys feeling like an infant or a child. Since he was so deprived of love in his childhood, he now thrives on the affection and love of others, which is usually the case when we are all infants who are solely dependent on our family.
Mitch is a sports writer who gave up his dream of becoming a musician for a life of money, success and materialism. Since his college graduation he has become very disillusioned and has since devoted his life to money and success. He works most days and nights dedicating little time to himself or his wife.
- At first, he was workaholic and only thought of money and success when later on the story he realizes with the help of Morrie to give more importance on love and family. Thus we can say that Mitch is an adaptive person by being able to adapt the lesson that his mentor had taught him.
- He is also a loving and a caring student. Wherein he gives respect to his mentor and loves him as his favorite teacher.
- At the end , Mitch was changed.
Since his visits with Morrie and the strike, he becomes very frustrated with his career decisions, materialistic mentality and the way he treats his relationships. Through his meetings with Morrie, he realizes that he must change this life in which he thought he was happy. He wants another chance to reassess his values and priorities so that he can create a fulfilling life for himself before it is too late.
He has learned how much of his life he has wasted consumed in his work. After listening to Morrie’s philosophies Mitch finds his life quite meaningless.
He wishes to die knowing that he has lived his life to the fullest, that he has loved and forgiven himself as well as others and to have no regrets. Morrie helps him see the man who he wishes to become; he would like to value love instead of money and accept people over pop-culture and media gossip. Morrie was successful at penetrating Mitch’s ignorance and allows Mitch to see life in a whole new perspective.