I have just recently found out that the whole glorified Mother Teresa, the compassion icon was just a hype.
What appears to be the case is that Mother Teresa's main concern was promoting Catholicism. Not so much aleviating the suffering of the poor and the destitute, as many of us thought.
Maybe she, as a fundamentalist, regarded saving of the soul from eternal torment as her primary goal. Which wouldn't be that surprising. So in this light we can see her spending the bigger share of the money on church and religious activities, not on the poor and their medical needs.
I've heard Osho making some unpleasant remarks in Mother Teresa's address long time ago, but didn't really payed attention because it was just one phrase, some joke that I didn't take seriously.
But now after having watched a few videos on youtube on the controversy surrounding this woman's work, I realized he meant it.
Had the woman's first and foremost concern been the well-being of these children
the funds her charity has been getting would have been directed at building modern hospitals and improving the conditions at her existing shelters.
Instead, we find her care centers in horrific conditions. And the money? They went to those who, she thought, really needed it. The Vatican.
So maybe this nun was a good Catholic, by their own standards. But not a compassion icon from a secular standpoint. She could have done so much more with the money she got from dictators who robbed their own people. Instead, she's chosen to glorify the sufferring of the poor, leave them with minimal care, and save the funds for her religious organization. Big disappointment.
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