Study Guide

Tuesdays With Morrie Compassion

By Mitch Albom

Compassion

In Tuesdays with Morrie, the golden rule gets taken a step further: Don't just treat others as you'd treat yourself, but do a little better by them. Mitch and Morrie tag-team this life lesson to show us how important compassion is.

Morrie is aware of others in spades, and until his dying day, he teaches that loving and caring for other people is important. In fact, it's the most important thing you can do in life. And since actions speak louder than words, let's just point out that he puts this into practice on a daily basis. Mitch shows compassion as well, and although it's not as much a part of his personality as it is for Morrie, he shows us the benefit of being compassionate in simple actions. Mitch's decision to be there for Morrie, after all, is the reason that we have their story today.

Questions About Compassion

  1. Compare and contrast the different ways that Mitch and Morrie show compassion. Is one better than the other, or are they just different?
  2. Is compassion about feeling badly for other people, or is there something more involved?
  3. Compare Mitch and Morrie to what we know about their youths. Were they as compassionate back then as they are in their last class?

Chew on This

Compassion and sympathy are different things.

Morrie says that compassion is one of the main things that can help to make the world a better place.