Essay on The Five People You Meet In Heaven

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What is heaven? It seems there are numberless ideas today of what "heaven" is like. The fact of the matter is that no one of us can say for certain. Some believe that heaven is where we look back at our lives here on Earth as a way of learning from our mistakes. Author Mitch Albom wrote a story entitled The Five People You Meet in Heaven that follows one man through such a journey. In the story, a man named Eddie is tragically killed in an accident. What follows is his journey to heaven where he meets five people along the way. Each of the five people are there to teach Eddie a different lesson that he must learn before he enters heaven. Each of the five people Eddie meets in heaven present
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The man then crashed his car and died. The driver was the worker from the park that Eddie had known. The man told Eddie that he was there to teach him, "That there are no random acts. That we are all connected. That you can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind." (Albom, 48). The theme that we are all interconnected was the first idea that Albom wanted his audience to take from the story. Too often people get caught up in themselves and what they are doing that they forget how their actions might affect others. While Eddie is learning in the story, Albom is sending this same message to his audience. The second person Eddie meets in heaven is his old Army Captain that he served under during World War I. Eddie and the Captain found themselves in a position where they had to escape from being prisoners of war. As Eddie drove out of the camp with a couple other men, the Captain led the way on foot. Soon after there escape, the captain is killed after stepping on a land mine that was in the road. The Captain is there to teach Eddie about sacrifice. The Captain told Eddie, "I didn't die for nothing. That night, we might have all driven over that land mine. Then the four of us would have been gone." (Albom, 93) The Captain goes on to tell Eddie that, "sacrifice is a part of life…Little sacrifices. Big sacrifices. A mother works so her son can go to school. A daughter moves home to take care

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