It’s good to be not too focused on Things and to make the priorities People and Ideas. Sometimes I manage that. This week, my Mac and my daughter’s juice had a fight – the Mac lost. I loved that Mac. My ‘trying to make my focus a bit less materialistic’ aspirations were put to the test, big time.
I’ve been reading about Mother Teresa, whose only possessions were a bucket and two saris – I won’t lie, I did have a moment of “A bucket? Meh. I could go one better and just own the saris” - and was altruism incarnate, so much so that she’s almost become a caricature, which is a shame as her awesomeness kind of loses its impact (not on all the people still benefitting from her work five years after her death, I mean the rest of us).
Imagine if a big budget film was made about her, starring someone hot and with don’t-mess-with-me attitude, like say Ms Jolie. All the brave and selfless sh*t she pulled would kick us square in the chest if it was illustrated in technicolour. All the children she saved from loneliness, sickness and poverty would move us like mad if we could see their liquid eyes full of love for her. All those awards (c’mon, we’re actually talking THE award here) she won would inspire us incredibly if we saw Angelina smiling her smile with those lips whilst receiving them. Hell yeah, we’d be inspired.
If you’ve been imagining right then you’ll be thinking Mother T was as cool, bad-ass and as gorgeously smily as anything. People and Ideas not Things… been there and wore the sari, bless her soul. We should be inspired.
N.B. There have been films made about her but I think they might have been a bit crap. They didn’t star Angie anyway.
As the man in the Lennon specs said “If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.” He was right. It’ll probably never happen but he was right. Maybe one day we might meet him halfway and want world peace as much as we want a new iPhone. That would be something.
I now have a new Mac. I’m ridiculously happy at being able to contact People and chat about Ideas again. Oh…