Tuesday, December 18, 2007
"Death ends a life, not a relationship"
This has got to be one of the most heartwarming books I have read in a long time. Yes, I know that I'm probably one of the last person to have read this book and this may seem like stale old cheese of a book now but it's brilliant and worth a mention on this blog.
Depressing as the theme of the book may be, as it deals with an old man dying of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)--a neurological disorder which leads to paralysis and the inability to speak and swallow while leaving the brain intact--this book was written not to upset its readers or to milk for sympathy to sufferers of the disease but to inspire its readers to live fulfilled lives and to change our mindset on how we look at life and not just chase after material things alone. The premise of this book is that "love conquers all."
The dying man (Morrie Schwartz) was the sociologist professor to the writer of the book (Mitch Albom) and they only reconnected after 16 years apart when Albom saw a TV program which highlighted the plight suffered by his old professor. The pair of them met up on Tuesdays hence the title of the book.
As it is clearly highlighted by Morrie to his ex-student on this project--which Morrie called his last thesis--"death ends a life, not a relationship." From the experience, Morrie kept highlighting to Mitch that we will only learn to fully live life if and when we are aware of death and not avoid its imminence. His mantra read, "once you learn how to die, you learn how to live."
"The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in."
I love this book.
It's not at all depressing and doom and gloom as I thought it to be.
It was short and sweet. Sad at times but it's got its funny moments too which Morrie learnt to keep in his mind that any minute could be his last and that love is a legacy we will all be remembered by.