The Utopian Vision of Mother Teresa Essay

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The Utopian Vision of Mother Teresa

In August 1948, at the age of 38, Mother Teresa decided to adventure into the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta, India, in order to live out her utopian dream by providing food, care, education, and shelter for the poor. Feeding people the Word of God; clothing them with dignity; educating them with knowledge, peace, truth, justice and love; nursing the mind and spirit; and sheltering them with a heart that understands. ("servants") I believe that a utopian vision is any vision that follows natural law, creates happiness in the community, and is feasible. Mother Teresa's visions are, in fact, effective utopian visions. Mother Teresa's visions included living a simple life, serving the poorest
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Her intentions more than her actions should be looked at and they were to love and treat everyone equally. "When Mother Teresa looked into the eyes of those she literally pulled out of the gutter, she saw Jesus Christ. She said, "They are Jesus. Everyone is Jesus in a distressing disguise." ("servant")

Mother Teresa teaches that the best way to live a simple life is by giving up all you have and joining those that suffer physically and financially. She says, "When all you got is all you've got, all that's left is to be yourself and you can only receive. And that, in a sense, is why the poor are blessed, because they know what really matters". (M.T. Simple) If a simple life helps one to know yourself better than it can also help you discover the natural law. (M.T. Simple) Poverty seems to me to degrade a sense of self, causing the poor person to feel worthless and incapable. Poverty can be beautiful in that you are not hiding behind someone and all you can do is receive, but I think it is important not to mystify poverty like it is so glorious when really it is not. Mother Teresa says, "Poverty is a wonderful gift because it gives us freedom --- it means we have fewer obstacles to God." (M.T. Simple) I think education gives us

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