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Morries Aphorisms

Using Morrie’s Aphorisms as Teaching Tools
No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.
Sir William Osler (1849-1919), 4 Oct. 1911, Glasgow (quoted in: Harvey Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler, vol. 2, ch. 31, 1925).
Mitch Albom wrote Tuesday;s 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 Schwartz;s 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 A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s 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 they're busy doing things they think are important.This is because they're 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 Schwartz's 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,…

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