Though he felt disconnected from the life he led on earth, as he learns from the five people he meets in heaven, Eddie’s existence comes to take on a whole new meaning. Throughout the novel, Albom uses the concept of interconnectedness to discredit the notion of strangers, suggesting that each individual is connected and therefore obligated to be socially responsible for others.
As Eddie journeys through heaven, he is taught five lessons from people who left a significant impact on his life. However, only one of the five people he meets in heaven had developed a relationship with Eddie during his life, whereas the rest he considers to be strangers. When he first wakes up, Eddie is in a familiar place yet in unfamiliar company. Before him, is Ruby Pier, and the first person he meets in heaven- the Blue Man. Though their paths crossed when Eddie was a young boy, the two did not develop a relationship. Eddie was ultimately the cause of the Blue Man’s demise, which stemmed from a harmless incident. Eddie’s actions had profound impacts on the Blue Man's life, even though Eddie thought of him as a stranger. Yet despite their limited interactions, Eddie was still able to influence his life, as