Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

★☆☆☆☆ (1/5)

Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live

​This book would have floored me a good ten to fifteen years back but now it just seems superfluous and didactic. It is stitched out of quotable quotes that one pins on a board during throes of teenage angst. The book itself is pseudo-philosophical and mawkish, despite the contents being narrated out of real life events.

What we take, we must replenish. It’s only fair.

The narrator seems too acquiescent to allow mere generalisations on life change his personal perspective. Sure, death of a loved one and especially conversations with someone on their deathbed can influence us greatly but this inspiration is greatly exaggerated in the book. Add to that the sanctimonious claims made by Professor Morrie, and the book becomes a nuisance to the aesthetic and philosophic senses of the reader. His self-righteousness negates all the hoity-toity facts of life one is supposed to accept at mere face value.

Accept the past as past, without denying it or discarding it

Another major irritant of the book was its undue emphasis on love. This is clearly a product of Western philosophy which has not only distorted the image of love but has also overstated its utility in one’s life. All this has come at the cost of undervaluing kindness, which in my opinion, is more indispensable to humanity. Love is a by-product of kindness and not the other way around. Kindness can be exercised without actually “loving” someone but love without benevolence of thought and emotion, consideration and compassion is vacuous.

“You know what really gives you satisfaction?” What? “Offering others what you have to give.” You sound like a Boy Scout. “I don’t mean money, Mitch. I mean your time. Your concern. Your storytelling. It’s not so hard.”

“Tuesday’s with Morrie” is a vapid read. No matter how much the author distances himself from the book being labelled as a self-help book, the mismatched sweeping statements which are supposed to give the reader astounding insight into life scream of insipidity.

Aging is not just decay, you know. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative that you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die, and that you live a better life because of it


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