In this chapter Morrie talks to Mitch about emotions. He says you need to detach from emotions meaning embrace them fully and then think you have felt this emotion now I must detach from it. Once you do that you will know when you are feeling fear. So then you don't let fear control you so when you have fear you can just think it is just fear I cant let it control me. Morrie talks abut this so that Mitch learns to detach just like he wants to do when he dies.
“Take any emotion—love for a woman, or grief for a loved one, or what I’m going through, fear and pain from a deadly illness. If you hold back on the emotions—if you don’t allow yourself to go all the way through them—you can never get to being detached, you’re too busy being afraid. You’re afraid of the pain, you’re afraid of the grief. You’re afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails. “But by throwing yourself into these emotions, by allowing yourself to dive in, all the way, over your head even, you experience them fully and completely. You know what pain is. You know what love is. You know what grief is. And only then can you say, ‘All right. I have experienced that emotion. I recognize that emotion. Now I need to detach from that emotion for a moment.’”(Albom 104).
Morrie teaches Mitch to just embrace and let go. Many people let emotions take them over or they just keep it all in never showing any emotion at all. Because Morrie knows this he lets Mitch in on this so he can live a long happy life without having to live in fear of showing his emotions or just wallowing in his emotions.
The faucet is a symbol because Morrie says to "Turn on the faucet. Wash your self with emotion". So we need to turn on our faucet and just let our emotions run.