Friday, August 31, 2007

Mother Teresa Superstar

It has come to light that Mother Teresa, though a saint, was also human. Of course she was. Don't tell me Joan of Arc didn't have doubts, and in his "Superstar" portrayal, Mr. JC was full of them. Without doubts, how could we EVER be humble? The doubtless are not known for their humility, and in the end, they're pretentious and deluded bores.

In what I think is her finest quotation, here is what Mother Teresa said:

"People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway."

Being the secular guy that I am, I'd change the word "God" to "your principles" or "what you can support with evidence," so that line might read: "You see, in the final analysis, it is between your courage and your principles (or what you can support with evidence)." And as for the last line, well, it is always about all of us, isn't it? Sure, perhaps principles first but then all of humanity and life are right there in the mix. No man (or woman) is an island. And every saint is human.


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