La posizione della missionaria: Teoria e pratica di madre Teresa
The Missionary Position, by the sake of its cover alone, is arguably one of the most bold polemics in recent memory. The title itself forces you to picture the wrinkled, ancient, and now deceased, woman on the cover.... well, let's just say engaging in an activity that we have good reason to believe she abstained from for the entirety of her life. Let me pause while I shudder quickly. Despite the pure shock power of the title, Hitchens' originally preferred title may have been more appropriate,...more
One of the most convincing is the squalor of the hospices in Calcutta and elsewhere. Very little of the donated money (and this is in the millions) goes into improving the facilities. Aspirins are the only anaesthetics provided to terminally ill patients. Needles are recycled on different patients. Unremitting suffering i...more
The Albanian nun wanted nothing else than establish her own order or discipline within the Catholic religion but she was all time misinterpreted -- or rather purposely intended -- as a saint whose life was devoted to the p...more
Come Hitchens stesso ammette nella sua postfazione, a volte è salutare fare l'avvocato del diavolo. Andare contro, saltare la barricata e porsi delle domande scomode e ciniche è una delle mie più grandi passioni nonché la principale fonte di accesi dibattiti e, spesso, litigi. Difendere l'indifendibile aiuta spesso ad allargare i propri orizzonti, a essere meno ingenui e meno esposti a ideologie trendy che appagano la coscienza e svuotano il cervello. Detto ciò bisogna r...more
Hitchens recounts Teresa’s relationships with known dictators such as the Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier and his wife Michele who all but bankrupted their country...more
Pensiero ricorrente numero 1:
Con i credenti non è possibile avere alcun dialogo in quanto partiamo da posizioni appartenenti a livelli paralleli e divergenti: l'uno dogmatico, l'altro empirico-materialista. Assodato ciò, posso solamente tollerare il loro discorso sulla vita e tutto il resto, di certo non posso rispettarlo.
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I happen to read 'The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice by Christopher Hitchens. But instead of putting up a Book Review - I decided to put this up as an article. Also, this will be the first ever book review I will be using someone elses' Review - Carlos Laflauta’s Review actually – which I think is brilliant. And as a bonus, give you the links to watch the documentary of Hell’s Angels -
(Carlos Laflauta’s Profile on Amazon) http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/...
As much as I'd like to just keep the review at that, I feel like I shouldn't. His complaints focus on several facets of her organization.
1. While she devoted her life to helping the poor, her goal was conversion rather than actually improving the lives of the poor.
2. Despite the millions of dollars donated to her organization, she actively stood in the way of high-quality healthcare for her clinics, and...more
In this short volume, Christopher Hitchens includes the following points:
1. Much of the publicity around Mother Teresa is revisionistic and dubious, and her displays of humility are an act. How humble is it to claim a personal relationship with Jesus?
2. Mother Teresa is about saving souls, not bodies. Her institutions are unsanitary and poorly operated despite a plethora of donations which should make better...more
Hitchens has some fantastic observations about the misguided ways in which Mother Theresa "helps" the poor but in fact just makes them suffer. Those fi...more
Even though this book is brief, it reveals many a shocking fact about what Mother Teresa's true agenda was. I confess that I didn't rea...more
Mother Theresa is not above criticism, and I see in this book much foreshadowing of the t...more
Bear in mind that Mother Teresa's global income is more than enough to outfit several first-class clinics in Bengal. The decision not to do so, and indeed to run instead a haphazard and cranky institution which would expose itself to litigation and protest were it run by any branch of the medical profession, is a deliberate one. The point is not the honest relief of suffering but the promulgation of a cult based on death and suffering and subjection. Mother Teresa (who hers...more
Fewer than 100 pages criticizing Mother Teresa, whereas the Spink biography contains more than 330 pages.
Hitchens raises interesting points, but it is clear that he fails to understand that Mother Teresa, for all her saintliness, lived by a morality which was reckoned different from Hitchens'. Th...more
Hitchens, at his best, is a rational assassin and here he attempts to judge "Mother Teresa's reputation by her actions and words rather than her actions and words by her reputation." And what a reputation. Since no one is allowed to question her, let alone criticize, she's been allowed to say things like "I think the world is being much hel...more
Mother Teresa believed that the suffering of the poor was beautiful and brought them closer to God. Once a mission was established (with generous donations) the funding was then cut to the bone, poor hygiene standards, reusing...more
From this book, she sounds almost like the NHS in reverse, I'd say - whereas they're starved of money & do the very best they can (with the resources they have), she had millions in the bank, y...more