We need to adopt her attitude on giving. Most of us know that helping another person is the most rewarding aspect of life. We live it every day as parents, teachers, coaches, supervisors and workers. America is a giving society. But we have to give of our time in an effective manner. We have to help about 45 million Americans get out of poverty. We have to do it as individuals - one on one. There are 200+ million adults in America not in poverty. If just one-third of us each took one person and mentored them we could make a big difference on the makeup of poverty. Each case will be unique, each person will require individual support.
Mother Teresa also said “We have no right to judge the rich. For our part, what we desire is not a class struggle but a class encounter, in which the rich save the poor and the poor save the rich.” That is the secret in America that we have forgotten - that the rich can help the poor and the poor can help the rich. Not by government mandate. Not by “dog eat dog” free enterprise. Not by the reliance on paid social workers. But by us, as individuals doing the right thing.
We do indeed need a “class encounter.” We need an interface between those in poverty and the middle class and well to do. The poor must realize they can climb out of poverty if they work hard and meet those trying to help them half way – they can’t just expect a hand out. And the rich by investing their time in people can find true meaning in life and awaken their souls.
We shouldn’t expect quick fixes or magic formulas. We should work together on life’s challenges to make progress that we individually define. One on one interface. Find a person or family and get started. Work together consistently and persistently. Take a great adventure together and best of luck – you both are worth it.