“[They] did not want to save the world. Someone already had.”

Danusha V. Goska describes her contrasting experiences with a government aid program and a Christian relief group:

We focused so hard on our good intentions . . . . We all wanted to save the world. What depressingly little we did accomplish was often erased with the next drought, landslide, or insurrection . . . . [The aid program] did not focus on the “small beginnings” necessary to accomplish its grandiose goals. Schools rarely ran, girls and low caste children did not attend, and widespread corruption guaranteed that all students received passing grades. Those students who did learn had no jobs where they could apply their skills, and if they rose above their station, the hereditary big men would sabotage them . . . .

[Later] I volunteered with the Sisters of Charity. For them, I pumped cold water from a well and washed lice out of homeless people’s clothing. The sisters did not want to save the world. Someone already had. The sisters focused on the small things, as their founder, Mother Teresa, advised, “Don’t look for big things, just do small things with great love.” Delousing homeless people’s clothing was one of my few concrete accomplishments.

In the nonpolitical spirit of this blog, I’ve edited out the political material that takes up most of the article. You can read the whole thing here.

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