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Using Morries Aphorisms as Teaching Tools No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacherSir William Osler 1849-1919 4 Oct 1911 Glasgow quoted in Harvey Cushing Life of Sir William Osler vol 2 ch 31 1925Mitch Albom wrote Tuesdays with Morrie as a final tribute to his old college professor Morrie Schwartz who intended that his death should be his final thesis Grim and fascinating Professor Schwartzs courage in the face of a painful death is truly inspiring The lucidity and wisdom which Professor Schwartz gained over the years became increasingly pronounced and focused as he contemplated his life and imminent death as well as his place in the Cosmos while his frail body melted away through ALS Lou Gehrigs disease This paper will discuss five of Professor Schwartz aphorisms or proverbs which would facilitate learning in subject- specific -and other educational venues So many people walk around with a meaningless life They seem half-asleep even when theyre busy doing things they think are important This is because theyre chasing the wrong things The way you get meaning into your life is devote yourself to loving others devote yourself to your community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning emphasis added p 43 Professor Schwartzs analysis of the meaning of life is particularly appropriate for teaching philosophical views and sociological concepts Since time immemorial man has contemplated why he is on the Earth and what his place is in the Greater Scheme of Things While students rush through the educational process in a pinball-like attempt to learn what they need to thrive and survive they frequently overlook those aspects of their education which are the most important When people become self-actualized as Professor Schwartz did they are better able to view humanity from a broader angle This better view of mankind involves a commitment to others
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