Should a person be able to actively practice more than one religion? One of the many subjects talked about in the novel Tuesdays with Morrie is religion. The novel Tuesdays with Morrie is about Morrie Schwartz, a 78 year old man, diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Morrie is a college professor at Brandeis University and has a wife named Charlotte and two sons, Rob and Jon. The book is written by Mitch Albom, one of Morrie’s former students, who comes to visit Morrie after he learns that he is dying. Morrie Schwartz is a religious man but he does not classify himself as Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, or Christian. Instead, he is a follower of many religions.
Morrie freely borrows ideas from many religions and quotes various religions often. He tells Mitch often about the Buddhist’s idea of detachment. Morrie says that in order to detach yourself from your emotions, you need to fully experience them and recognize those emotions and then step back from them. Morrie says, ‘You know what the Buddhists say? Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent’ (Albom 103). Morrie also…show more content… Your religion defines the way you live your life and you have to decide on a lifestyle that makes you happy. If you want to live by multiple religions, that is your choice. Your religious views and what you believe are a choice you have to make for yourself and you can’t let society choose that for you. Morrie believes in loving completely, giving freely, and living life to the fullest. Morrie also believes that all people are alike and our differences should not divide us. He says, ‘The problem, Mitch, is that we don’t believe we are as much alike as we are. Whites and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, men and women. If we saw each other as more alike, we might be very eager to join in one big human family in this world, and to care about that family the way we care about our own’ (Albom