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In some of my classes I have the students read Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays With Morrie.
It is always the favorite text of the semester, and even the guys confess being moved to tears. If you haven’t read it, it’s quick, but it’s potent. I urge it on you.
One sentence Morrie loves to quote is
“We must love one another or die”
from W. H. Auden, and given the effectiveness of this little book, that line becomes a student favorite.
Here is it’s context:
[from “September 1, 1939”, Collected Poems, Random House, 1940]
All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie …
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky;
There is no such thing as the State,
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.
– W. H. Auden
If You Do Not Love Your Neighbor Whom You CAN See – Can You Love God?, or
A “World Falling Apart”; but We’re In It Together. Can We Deal With That?