Re: Mother Teresa

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Tue May 30 2000 - 17:03:23 MDT

> I have to admit I never expected to see anyone trash Mother Teresa.
> Who's next Gandhi? MLK? Your right about one thing and that is that
> speaking poorly of Mother Teresa does carry a stigmatism with it. It's will
> usually get you the same reaction as saying the Holocaust never existed. At
> first I thought you must be speaking tongue in cheek but as I read on I found
> that you were being quite serious and of course I found this quite
> discouraging. I feel privileged to have lived in a time when she did live
> and gave so freely of herself because if I did not I would think that she
> were someone that people had made up as a modern day myth or legend. Her
> example has made me demand much more of myself and my life and what I do with
> it. It's people like her that make me stop what I'm doing and take a good
> look a my value system and think about what I'm doing with my life. I'm not
> attacking you about your opinion I just don't get it. The woman took what
> she knew and did the best she could with it. Not too many people could leave
> the sort of impact that she left in the world, not in a positive way.

What impact? The idea that one should give up what might have been a
productive, valuable, society-enriching life to instead preach acceptance
of death, that most hideous of all evils, and justify it by belief in God,
that most dangerous of beliefs. I certainly don't hold her as any kind of
example except bad, and I'm surprized you're surprized one would say so.

If you want to show true compassion to the dying, /do something/ about
death itself. Preach defiance, not acceptance. Preach science and
medicine, not mystical nonsense. Use your talents to earn money to
build the economy to fund that science and find those cures.

In case you haven't noticed, we're /all/ dying. I, for one, don't want
sympathy--I want an alternative. Anyone who makes death seem any less
tragic and wasteful and evil than it is will get no respect from me.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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