Time to leave;
We will let Morrie spend his last few days in peace in the company of his close friends and family.
When you are sick, or dying, as Morrie is, or just in everyday need; that is when you really appreciate your family and friends, those people who will travel the extra mile with you. Morrie keeps telling us, “Invest in the human family. Invest in people. Build a little community of those you love and who love you”.
Before we go though, we will let Morrie remind us again of how we tend to live our lives stumbling in the near-darkness, brainwashed by society, seeking what we want, what we think we need. “We’ve got a form of brainwashing going on in our country”, Morrie sighed. “Do you know how they brainwash people? They repeat something over and over. And’s that what they do in this country.”
In the whole world, we could add.
Morrie isn’t finished though, here’s what the brainwashing tells us, “Owning things is good. More money is good. More property is good. More commercialism is good. more is good, more is good. We repeat this – and have it repeated to us-over and over until nobody bothers to think otherwise. The average person is so fogged up by all this, he has no perspective on what’s really important anymore”
Morrie’s frustration is evident. He would like to help all of us, to mentor all of us, but he hasn’t time; his time is running out quickly. But he has passed his message on and provided an example all his life. It’s up to us now.
“Whenever I went in my life, I met people wanting to gobble up something new”, Morrie tells us, “‘Gobble up a new car. Gobble up a new piece of property. Gobble up the latest toy. And then they wanted to tell you about it. ‘Guess what I got? Guess what I got?”
I guess we have all been gobblers and not just at Christmas time and birthdays, and not just when we were kids either. Who are the real turkeys at Christmas?
But of course, its more significant than just wanting things, there’s more to it than just that. It part of this disease of pursuing happiness, thinking we can buy or obtain happiness, confusing pleasure with happiness, confusing ownership with love. “You know how I always interpreted that?”, Morrie asks us, “These people were so hungry for love that they were accepting substitutes. They were embracing material things and expecting a kind of hug back. But it never works. You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship”
How true is that; how sad is it. Consumers Malaise, we might call it but it goes deeper than that.
In case you missed any of that, here is Morrie’s mantra for a meaningful life. Write it down, post it on your notice-board. “Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning”
Don’t be a turkey, awaken, awaken.