'He thought it could be helpful for other people to approach aging,' Morrie's son Rob Schwartz said of the book, 'Wisdom of Morrie.'
Around the world, life expectancy has increased by more than 6 years between 2000 and 2019 – from 66.8 years in 2000 to 73.4 years in 2019, according to the World Health Organization. It has also increased discussions around aging. In a new book on aging that features the words of Morrie Schwartz, a Brandeis professor who died in 1995 after battling ALS. The book has been called a "profound, poetic, and poignant masterpiece of living and aging joyfully and creatively," reported PEOPLE.
Nearly 30 years ago, Morrie Schwartz, a retired sociology professor who was dying from ALS, sat down with former ABC anchor Ted Koppel to talk about facing death.— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 17, 2023
Now, the late professor's son is helping his father share a few last words.https://t.co/FtgnDevdmx
Rob, Morrie's youngest son, took up the task of completing the book after finding his father's manuscript in a drawer following his death, according to ABC News. "I just hear my father's voice in this book," Rob said in an interview with Good Morning America. "It's so filled with his love of life, and his love of people, and his connection to humanity."
“The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.” - Morrie Schwartz— Kristen Butler ツ (@positiveKristen) April 19, 2023
The book is a "deep dive" into Morrie's views about aging and "how we can improve our lives," Rob told GMA. "My father wrote this book aimed at aging people because he felt that our society was so ageist and that people had internalized these negative emotions about aging, and then he outlines real, practical, day-to-day things which people can do to improve their lives," he continued.
Morrie Schwartz, a retired sociology professor battling ALS, famously sat down with fmr. #Nightline anchor Ted Koppel for a series of conversations about living while facing death.— Nightline (@Nightline) April 18, 2023
Morrie’s son Rob is now sharing more from his late father in a new book “The Wisdom of Morrie.” pic.twitter.com/vzQ8Fs8JHq
"He thought it could be helpful for other people to approach aging and just in general, living creatively, vibrantly, and joyously," Rob said. Rob Schwartz said that, for example, "laughter" was very important to his father. "Laughter is incredibly important. You need to have laughter in your life. Find what makes you laugh and indulge in that," he said.
A new book celebrates the late professor from "Tuesdays with Morrie."— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 17, 2023
"The Wisdom of Morrie" honors Morrie Schwartz, a former professor who died of ALS, in his own words before he became ill. @GStephanopoulos spoke to Schwartz’s son, Rob, about the new book. @Nightline pic.twitter.com/TACyks6LLX
Rob also said that Morrie began to write the book in 1988 and wrote it till 1992. Afterward, Morrie was also seen on ABC's Nightline and he also shed light on his life with the deadly disease, according to ABC News. "This culture is so stuck on death, in terms of its fear, hiding it, not knowing what to do with it, that what I'm saying is, is there an alternative way of looking at it?" Schwartz said in one of the 1995 interviews. "To the very end, the disease is not going to get my spirit. ... It will get my body. It will not get my spirit," Schwartz told "Nightline" in the fall of 1995.
TONIGHT ON #NIGHTLINE: Decades ago, former @Nightline anchor Ted Koppel spoke with retired a sociology professor battling ALS, Morrie Schwartz, about living while facing death.— Nightline (@Nightline) April 18, 2023
Morrie’s son joins @GStephanopoulos to discuss publishing a manuscript his late father had written. pic.twitter.com/UEw0p1tK9c
During this time, Mitch Albom, a former student, watched these interviews and he began meeting weekly with Morrie until he died in November 1995, ABC News reports. Albom's memoir on his former professor, "Tuesdays with Morrie," was published in 1997 and became a best-seller. It was also adapted for television with a film that starred Jack Lemmon and Hank Azaria.
'As improbable as the Morrie saga is, he was saving one more surprise for us. More than 27 years after his death, "The Wisdom of Morrie," a book on aging that Morrie wrote between 1988 and 1992, will be published on Tuesday, April 18.'https://t.co/x7NKxrO1kG— I could be anyone (@Maggie_Nickson) April 18, 2023
Now, we will have a deeper insight into Morrie's thoughts about living while aging and dying, thanks to some help from his youngest son. "We all have a shared humanity that is the crucial thing you need to connect with", Rob told GMA.