Young Age That Knowledge

The O.J. Simpson murder trial appears throughout the book Tuesdays with Morrie. The author, Mitch Albom, uses the trial to portray the popular, media-saturated culture as a source of uselessness, as he does when he reads about murder and other crimes in the newspaper. These crimes that hypnotize the popular culture are used to contrast the good of Morrie's culture against the evil of the social culture, whose beliefs are mostly in meaningless and wasteful hobbies , such as watching television and reading gossip. In Tuesdays with Morrie, Morrie dislikes how people in modern-day life idolize the media using phones, TV, social media, etc. more than life itself or loved ones but he is willing to use media - being on TV- in order to share his message of living each day of life to the fullest.

In Morrie’s childhood, which was filled with poverty, affection was largely absent.Morrie’s birth mother died when he was 8 years old. Morrie’s father, Charlie, remarried a woman named Eva who became Morrie’s stepmother. This made Morrie a little happier because he has a mother figure in his life now. But, Morrie is upset about Eva because his father wants him to pretend, for his little brother, David's sake, that Eva is his real mother and not his stepmother.David cultivated polio when he was younger which caused him to be immobilized. Morrie believed he was responsible for David’s illness. In Morrie’s later life, his father died from a heart attack after being chased from some muggers. These sad, unfortunate events that involved Morrie caused him to become a negative person at a point in his life.

Morrie’s childhood is very different from his adulthood. In his adult years, Morrie is not afraid to show emotion or physical affection. Because Morrie was not given this affection in his childhood, he wants the affection more than ever now. Therefore, this makes him a more positive and good-natured person rather than when he was negative. Also, Morrie was able to learn at a young age that knowledge is very mighty, and, therefore, he holds on to knowledge for the rest of his life and becomes acollege professor. Morrie learns in his adulthood to be more positive in his life and other people’s lives and to live each day of his life to the best.

Morrie says at one point in the book, “Take my condition. The things I am supposed to be embarrassed about now — not being able to walk, not being able to wipe my ass, waking up some mornings wanting to cry — there is nothing innately embarrassing or shaming about them. It's the same for women not being thin enough, or men not being rich enough. It's just what our culture would have you believe. Don't believe it.” (155).Morrie says this quote of guidance to Mitch during their eleventh Tuesday , when they talk mostly about society and culture in the world. He states that society is wrong to consider physical needs and/or handicaps as socially embarrassing, and he refuses to believe that his hindrances are disgraceful. This is one of the things Morrie wants to teach everyone. This is why he wants to share his message with the people of the world. Morrie makes his own set of beliefs, which associate with the physical defects popular or social culture finds so shameful. He wants to people to know that these kinds of things are not as embarrassing and terrible as everyone thinks.

Morrie may dislike how society seems to be obsessed with media- phones, social media, TV, etc., but he is willing to use media- being on television- in order to share his life lessons- mostly about the things society wants us to believe are true. As Morrie sees it, popular culture is a ruler under which the human race must suffer. He thinks he has already suffered enough from disease and does not see why he should seek social acceptance if it will not make him any happier than he already is. Throughout the book, popular culture is seen as a mind-wiping machine, wiping the minds of people, and replacing the kindness they receive at birth with materialism and money-grubbing. On the fourth Tuesday that Morrie and Mitch meet, Morrie states that “the truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” (82).He is saying that once people know they are dying, they want to go out and do all the things they never did in their life, but it is most likely too late as they are probably too ill to do so. He wants people to know they should go out and experience all of these things in the world before it is too late and they cannot do so. He is also stating that when you know you are dying, you savor every last moment of life. He is willing to go on Ted Koppel’s “Nightline” because he wants to share his values and life lessons with the public.