The 5 people you meet in Heaven By: Mitch Albom
The Blue Man
Society often cruelly dehumanizes some of its members, and the existence of “circus freaks,” like the Blue Man, highlights this tendency. But it is the Blue Man who teaches Eddie that “No life is a waste.” From the outside, it might appear that the Blue Man’s life had little value, but on Ruby Pier the Blue Man found a sense of home and belonging, as he formed a community with other members of the circus. The Blue man found value in his ordinary life at Ruby Pier.
Sacrifice, Eddie learns from the Captain, is another element that gives life meaning. He tells Eddie that dying by sparing another’s life is a worthy way to die. The Captain tells Eddie that Eddie’s lost leg was a necessary sacrifice for saving his country. Rather than feeling angry by the loss, he should be glad because sacrifice is worthy and important.