THE SEVENTH TUESDAY: WE TALK ABOUT THE FEAR OF AGING
On the seventh Tuesday Mitch and Morrie talked about the fear of aging. In this chapter Morrie no longer has the strength to wipe himself and also learns to embrace his dependency. Mitch brings up one of the major problems of our culture aging and talks with Morrie about it.Mitch then says on the way to Morries he didn't see a billboard with a person on it younger than 35. Morrie says that he embraces aging because as you age you become wiser and if you stayed the same age you wouldn't gain any knowledge. Morrie wants to be a 78 year old because hes is every age up to age 78.
Morrie says, "The truth is, part of me is every age. I'm a three-year-old, I'm a five-year-old, I'm a thirty-seven-year-old, I'm a fifty-year-old. I've been through all of them, and I know what it's like. I delight in being a child when it's appropriate to be a child. I delight in being a wise old man when it's appropriate to be a wise old man..."(Albom 120).
The message that readers should take away from this chapter is to embrace aging and not to envy people that are younger than you because as you age you gain wisdom.
The newspaper represents media
The Media is a symbol for evil. The media is putting the wrong image into our culture by saying you should try to look as young as possible, but Morrie said you should embrace your age.