Mitch, watching TV in his home, flipping through the channels, and stopped when he recognized the voice of his old beloved Professor. The text develops as the weeks pass on, as Morrie’s body withers away, as the reader learns about the beautiful and unique relationship between teacher and student, and as we find ourselves inspired by the process.
That episode of Nightline was how Mitch and Morrie reunited. This text is not only a memorial to a great man in the author’s life, but also a guide on how to be a better person, how to live with love, and how to follow your dreams.
I think that comes across very strongly in Morrie’s teachings.
He tells us: So many people walk around with a meaningless life.
I taught myself to read in Kindergarten and tried to gain a new personal record every summer for the amount of books I read. I had finished my list of books the school had given me so I asked my Mimi if she had a book I could read, she pulled off her shelf.
It was the end of the summer and it was about to be my 105th book.
I devoured the text and came to her early the next morning to thank her.
I ran up to her and gave her the biggest hug I had ever given someone and she asked me what the big hug was for.
However, mine was changed forever, but not in ways I could have ever imagined.
Alain De Botton from the back in 1997 after its first publishing.