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The Potential Saint: Mother Teresa's Apparent Sainthood
A Letter to the People
Benevolence and Malignancy
It would be a miracle for a woman to birth walruses. It is illogical for prayers to be sent to a woman and to attribute those petitions to curing a tumor or clearing a man of a brain virus. It’s like the perverse version of assigning a war hero the Medal of Honor. With that award one must discover the facts, the exactitude of an individual and his selfish actions to safeguard values. Here, the individual is required to relinquish the comprehension of reality and apply blind faith to the cause of the “disappearance” of a given malady. The surgeons, nor the other physicians or nursing staff did not aid his recovery. No. It must have been the miracle of Mother Teresa of Kolkata, India. What about the able, the ambitious, the rational, the greedy, the strong? Why did Mother Teresa never include such individuals on her list? Because of the backward thinking of the current culture, this potential saint chose to concern herself with the opposite. And not even to improve their lives. She did it out of a sense of duty to God and in the process only institutionalized and prolonged suffering.
Though she may have had her share of critics, they fail to grasp the philosophy and ideology which undergird all of her intentions, motivations, and actions. A conservative hack, Christopher Hitchens decried the woman not for being selfless but for not giving enough. This malicious ideal says that you ought to live for the sake of another. Why? It says that you should denigrate and immolate yourself for the cause of sacrifice. Why? These unanswered questions form the basis for the slaughter of millions every year. From the faith-based to the secular, altruism asserts that the main goal of an individual’s life is to serve others. Seemingly, no one can solve the riddle to this deadly conundrum. But the fact of the matter is that selfishness obliterates any notion of putting others’ interests before one’s own. The sovereignty of reason ties with individualism and capitalism and creates a trifecta of benevolence. With the combination of thought and action, a person can free his or herself of the malignancy that is altruism. The realization that no prayers, hopes, or wishes will be answered by the supernatural allows the individual to navigate through this world with dignity, confidence, and assurance. While it is clear that we all may never be Mother Teresa, the real question is who would want to be her?
She lead a miserable existence full of sacrifice, and adherence to mystical revelations instead of pleasure and facts. She considered herself a “vessel” to transmit God’s glory to the less fortunate, the needy, and the depraved. Her insistence on venerating the least amongst her elevated her to the status of a selfless agent for the Almighty. This warped sense of rectitude only reinforces the notion that her self-abnegation resulted in her wretched lifestyle.
In her honor, the country of Albania has named a hospital, a square, and an airport. So, in order to have streets and medical centers with your title, the altruism must be cranked up to levels of obscenity. There’s no such thing as a happy saint. While most people would venerate and seek to emulate the patterns of a Mother Teresa, they at the same time want all the money in the world and everything that goes with it. This cognitive dissonance prevents most people from achieving their goals and improving and shaping their lives in the best way. The pain and sacrifice represent virtues to the populace. The idea of Mother Teresa stands as a selfless figure in the war over souls. To cling to the notions of charity and goodwill do not suffice. Those remain selfish endeavors when pursued properly. No. Mother Teresa’s nomination for sainthood consists of the awful living conditions she found herself and the dutiful acts that she performed for the downtrodden. Folks wish to see self-denial and the downplay of riches and any material gain. What they fail to realize is that such fortunes and matter that is man made is from the earth and crafted by man’s mind. Rather than pushing young people to enter into professions which would benefit themselves, followers of Mother Teresa would encourage youth to be selfless and consider others before themselves. So, does that mean social work? While that seems like a field where one would only concern oneself with others first, the fact is that if an individual derives pleasure from helping others, it would fail to qualify as selfless. The Mother Teresa Effect has lead people to regard themselves as agents for abnegation. Reality remains the final judge on such matters. When she finally does garner the title saint, Mother Teresa’s reputation as a woebegone figure will be cemented for the masses.