People are unreasonable, illogical and self centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY.
What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU HAVE ANYWAY.
From A Simple Path by Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa is one of my heroes. I keep the above quotation on the wall where I work. It inspires me.
I feel much in common with Mother Teresa. I feel a similar calling to serve the poor, those in need, those who are suffering. However, I find that I cannot follow 100% her words of Love and Kindness written above.
First, I believe all of us must be responsible for our actions. If we do wrong, to ourselves or others, we must be held accountable for the consequences of our actions.
Sometimes, a person must suffer. Sometimes, suffering in the present is necessary for personal growth to occur. Often, suffering is necessary for one to acquire wisdom. So I believe there are times when one will witness suffering, and should do nothing.
Second, there are different kinds of suffering. One kind of suffering I have witnessed is the result of the unethical abuse of power, often against someone who is powerless. I have filed lawsuits against those holding power who are causing others to suffer due to their unethical and illegal conduct. And, I must say that those lawsuits generated suffering.
I believe caring for the poor and weak is not enough. There are times when those in power who are misusing their power and oppressing others must be challenged, and their power reduced or taken away, even if this battle causes new suffering, and it always does.
I do not think Mother Teresa would agree. Perhaps I am wrong?