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The Eighth Tuesday: We Talk About Money
Transcript of The Eighth Tuesday: We Talk About Money
The Eighth Tuesday:
We Talk About Money
Summary of Events
On the eighth Tuesday, Mitch shows Morrie a quote by billionaire media king Ted Turner, which reads, "I don't want my tombstone to read ‘I never owned a network.’" Morrie laughs and shakes his head.
The Lesson Mitch Learned:
The eighth Tuesday with Morrie, is when Mitch begins to truly understand that love is of greater value than material goods.
By Koko Iringere
Mitch notices the morning sun as it falls on the pink flowers of the hibiscus plant that sat on the window sill. He wonders what Turner would do if he found himself in Morrie’s position—would he still care that he never owned a network?
Morrie repeats his lesson that we should not put value on material things, as it will lead to disillusionment and unfulfillment.
He notes that brainwashing is taking place all over the country, and he blames the media for repeating things over and over until everyone simply believes it is true.
More is good: more money, more property and more things. Average people are simply overwhelmed by it all until they no longer understand what is truly important.
Today is a good day for Morrie, as a local a Capella group came by the night before to entertain him.
Morrie has always loved music and the simple pleasures of life. But since his illness, music has had a more profound effect on him.
He is moved to tears when listening to music he finds especially beautiful.
It is simple pleasures such as the group's visitation that Morrie revels in—not money and material wealth as is the accepted cultural norm.
Mitch notes that since Morrie learned of his illness, he lost all interest in material goods, and has bought nothing new except medical equipment.
Despite his dwindling funds, Mitch thinks that Morrie's house is filled with enormous wealth, as it is beautified not by objects, but by love.
Morrie urges Mitch to give more of himself—which is more meaningful than giving money.
He advises him to devote himself to loving and giving generously to his community—possibly by volunteering at a local senior center.
Mitch realizes that, after all these years spent driven by financial success, he cannot find happiness in money and professional power. He realizes that his driving force and motivation is nothing but a smokescreen.
Good Day or Bad Day:
Today is a good day for Morrie. Despite the fact that his condition is getting worse, he shows a lot of excitement as he tells Mitch about the a cappella group that came to the house to perform the night before.
The coughing is occurring more often, and he is fast losing the ability to use his hands. When he reached out to pick up the small bell that lay on the chair, he poked a few times at it; finally Mitch had to pick it up and put it in his hand.
The end is not too far away. He has only six weeks more to live.
. Morrie has continually told Mitch that love for family and friends is more important than career and money, and that greed for material wealth will only aggravate a void that only love and relationships can fill.
Mitch has often listened intently to Morrie's lessons on love versus money, but it is not until this particular conversation that Mitch sees the wealth that surrounds Morrie. Despite his modest home, Mitch suddenly realizes Morrie's immense wealth, as he is surrounded by those who love and care for him during his most desperate time of need.
The quote by Ted Turner "I do not want my tombstone to read, 'I never owned a network," helps him see things in a different perspective. He sees a bit of Turner’s greed in himself. He seems to realize that “you can’t take it with you” when you die.
When Mitch asks Morrie if he fears being forgotten after he dies. Morrie replies that he has no fear of being forgotten, as he is alive in the memory of those who love him.
I believe the lessons Mitch learnt on that Tuesday is one every human being needs to learn. It is true that we can’t take our material wealth and riches with us when we die. This is why I am baffled when I hear of brothers killing brothers, of friends killing friends, or even husbands killing wives or vice versa, because of money.
“You can’t substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship.” It is true that there is a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need. That is why parents work on three jobs at the expense of spending quality time with their children. Husbands and wives barely see each other because when one is coming, the other is going.
Money is not the true source of happiness. Money is good—there is no doubt about that because we need money to pay for our basic needs like food and shelter.
Money is good—because if Morrie did not have a bit tucked away in the bank, he would not have had what he needed to pay for his medical bills and equipment.
The trouble begins when too much emphasis is laid on wealth, and when people would do anything to become rich. Ted Turner is afraid that when he dies he will be remembered only for his failures, and by what he did not achieve; therefore he wants to own the biggest network to prove his successfulness.
Like Morrie, I would rather be remembered by the people whose lives I have touched positively. I would rather be remembered by my friends and family in a tender and loving way; not for what I achieved materially.
A quote from the English Standard Version Bible (ESV) reads “for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs” 1 Timothy 6:7-10.
How I Feel about Illness and Death
To me death is inevitable and so is illness. Even the healthiest person in life has experienced one form of discomfort or the other. I am not afraid of death; but I do not want to die young because that is not what God promised. When it is time for me to go, my wish and prayer is that I do not suffer with it. I do not wish to die from a terminal and devastating disease. I do not wish for my family to go through the pain Morrie’s family had to live with. Morrie handled it well and made light of it as much as he could, but I don’t know if I could ever do what he did.
"Mitch, if you are trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down at you anyhow. And if you are trying to show off for the people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone."