"Ma Teresa joined the mob. And is happy with her full-time job."
-Primitive Radio Gods
Mother Teresa is a revered figure in Catholicism for ministering to the dying in Calcutta. Her work is the gold standard for selfless work. The problem is that is might all be bullshit. Ministering to the dying is not the same as caring for them. A young boy died in her care because she refused to give him a round of antibiotics. Her operation did not distinguish between curable and incurable. However, she went to a New York hospital for a heart condition. Her concern was for her life and most people were kept in the dark about her true nature. She viewed suffering as her greatest gift to the world as it brought humans closer to the sufferings of Jesus. Excuse me? Since when did a mere mortal play the role of inflicting suffering upon others for their own good? Sounds a bit like a sociopath to me. The super bonus is the Catholic Church defends her. It is immoral to make people suffer to push your product-material, immaterial and otherwise. Painkillers were banned from her station because the people need to be more Christ like.
What displeases me the most is the fundraising efforts. She went to Haiti during the Papa Doc reign of terror and accepted money from Charles Keating. These people were so corrupt and yet she took their money with high praise. When criticism was brought up, she ignored it. She needed the money to build nunneries and other buildings that were clearly devoid of God. Hmmm...new building or alleviating suffering....should not have even been a question.
These poor people had nowhere else to go. She had a steady stream of unwitting people to punish with her fanticism. No one cares about the poor unless it makes them look good. Hence the rally of celebrity supporters who loved a good photo op and the ignorant bliss of not knowing exactly what they were funding. Say cheese!
Mother Theresa was once a revered figure for me and yes it can be argued that she was a product of her time, but purposely inflicting suffering on others for your own religious purposes is just wrong. I would have expected a woman of good to care for the suffering, but not make their lives worse. It just goes to show that all humans, no matter how celebrated, are deeply flawed. My suggestion is to seek a relationship with whatever you believe is out there on your own terms because a human ego is quite like the mob:once you try to get out, they will pull you back in.