Monday, September 08, 2008

Mother Teresa was all for creating the problems she spent her life solving...

I think it is a fine, and fortunately not too rare, human capcity to look upon wretched starving neighbors who are dying of hunger and disease and rather than shuning or fearing them, to be ready to spend your last cent on their betterment and to say to each suffering one "Your death is not necessary. This should not be your fate".

I do.  I really think there are people whose strongest inclination is toward such altruism.  And when we meet such people, we duely call them saints.

But a more complete and dispassionate vision would never lead us to a world with a permanent excess of souls.  We need that saint that can also say "The child you might bear is not necessary".

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