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If the poor are on the moon...

by Richard Lung  GB United Kingdom

July 1, 2018   |    697 reads    |   0 comments

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If the poor are on the moon - Book coverA play about the work of Mother Teresa.
I had to put in a prelude, about a case of extreme wealth in India. It showed so well the miseries of untrammeled hedonism and acquistiveness. This of course is in the extremest contrast to the Mother Teresa Mission of Charity for the poorest of the poor.
Four acts follow. The first act is the future saints formative period. The key-note is the foreboding of the immensity of the task of diving into a sea of poverty. You will be over-whelmed.
The second act is actually prevailing, in that punishing round of duty to the helpless, in miserable conditions, day after day, from early hours to late at night.
The third act is in lighter mood, with the dawning realisation of the world of this dedication led by an extraordinary woman. And how the buoyancy of her spirits meet the worldly skepticism of the media.
The fourth act shows how the organisation of the Mission grows and diversifies and stabilises into a force for good in the world.

Author's Note: 

The title "If the poor are on the moon..." is taken from a well-known saying of Mother Teresa, which she completes by saying "we will go there, too."
This play was liberated, as a separate book, from the first part of my fifth poetry collection, "Radical!"

About The Author

It's fifty years to the year since I parroted the conventional wisdom about British elections by First Past The Post. I could see nothing wrong with it. I didn't think it was necessary to study proportional representation. Being a student, I had to make some show of reading-up on it. The central reference library proved not devoid of copies, from other students, who had ample time to get there first. I thought I was lucky to lay hands on such a distinguished work, as Elections and Electors, by JFS Ross. I still think so. After a few years thinking the subject had nothing to do... more

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