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“At the time of her death, Mother Teresa had opened 517 missions welcoming the poor and sick in more than 100 countries. The missions have been described as “homes for the dying” by doctors visiting several of these establishments in Calcutta. Two-thirds of the people coming to these missions hoped to a find a doctor to treat them, while the other third lay dying without receiving appropriate care. The doctors observed a significant lack of hygiene, even unfit conditions, as well as a shortage of actual care, inadequate food, and no painkillers. The problem is not a lack of money—the Foundation created by Mother Teresa has raised hundreds of millions of dollars—but rather a particular conception of suffering and death: “There is something beautiful in seeing the poor accept their lot, to suffer it like Christ’s Passion. The world gains much from their suffering,” was her reply to criticism, cites the journalist Christopher Hitchens. Nevertheless, when Mother Teresa required palliative care, she received it in a modern American hospital.”
originally posted by: Benevolent Heretic
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Ugh! It's almost like a pet hoarder who loves dogs (or cats) and starts "collecting" them and gets so many that the animals cannot possibly be cared for.
I thought to look it up to see if anyone else got the same idea and found: Mother Teresa: A People Hoarder?
The article says the answer is no, but that's the first thing I thought of when reading your external quote.
originally posted by: InverseLookingGlass
I'm sure everybody reading this sentence has this person's name imprinted in your memory. I do.
Mother Theresa. Performer of miracles and nearing sainthood. But who is Agnes Gonxha?
I have a somewhat deified image of "Mother Theresa" the meme. Altruism and sacrifice ---by a fragile human being for other fragile human beings. It appeals to humanism, which appeals to me. As it turns out, Agnes the person is very different than the meme. Above all, dogmatic and to a lesser extent, cruel, corrupt and a hypocrite. More like Ayn Rand.
As with so many things in this world, a meme born in an unknown place and in an unknown way silently worms it's way into our minds and sets up shop. Maybe this meme is comfortable and offers some reward to the host? For whatever reason, it remains resident and active in your mind to guide you on your way through life. Well memes can be disabled and deleted. I just deleted the Mother Theresa meme from my mind. Pop. Keep looking for altruism. You won't find it with this fiction.
I didn't wake up this morning wanting to blow up the Mother Theresa meme resident in my mind -- but it happened. Good riddance.
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: InverseLookingGlass
Christopher Hitchens's original exposé in Slate: Mommie Dearest
Don't post this on Facebook if you have any Catholic friends.