January 25, 2013

The greatest suffering...



"Unwanted"
Cannes, France



"There is much suffering in the world - physical, material, mental.
The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others.
The material and physical suffering is suffering from
hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases.

But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one.
I have come more and more to realize that is is being unwanted
that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience."

--Mother Theresa


I think I made those with me a bit uncomfortable when I stopped to take a photo of this man.  But I found the image so moving.  It was a reminder that in the midst of great wealth and extravagance,  there is also great poverty and suffering.


--Kathy


20 comments:

  1. Yes it is a very powerful reminder to see this sort of loneliness, and it is more and more prevalent wherever we go. Certainly saw alot of this in Chicago on my Christmas trip. Hard to imagine. Good post Kathy

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  2. all i can think to write is BRAVO, what a powerful image!! so much saddness, poverty, suffering, loneliness.....i can't help but think how much good could have been done with all the $$ we spent on the inauguration. so much need in this country right now, some much need right here at the jersey shore. think of all the hungry people that could have been fed with just the food. saddness overload....and we just don't have a say!!!

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  3. I thank you for your artistry and words on this subject. Today you have reached people through your photography to stop and think of others. And to remind us to lend a hand in this world. Beautiful post!

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  4. A sad subject to be sure and one that touches my heart deeply. When I was a visiting Nurse I saw so much poverty in the rural areas of our country when there is no need for it when there is a government spending millions to support past presidents and other elected officials. I think it's time for them to get off the payroll and find a job like we all have to and lend a hand to those who are down and out with that money. Oppps, I am up on the soap box....................

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  5. Wow Kathy! Such a poignant post. Mother Theresa words are so true. Lonely. Just the word itself is sad. Life is hard and we have so much to be thankful for. See, even you have more shoes than me. (hug) We are so blessed each time we count that we are.

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  6. very moving. and your quote (love mother theresa) is perfect for the image. thank you so much for linking w 1440. such a great addition to our party. :)

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  7. very touching. Love the photo and can see why you could not resist.

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  8. What a powerful photo...it says so much with so little. And the Mother Theresa quote speaks the truth very eloquently, as she was always able to do.

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  9. That entire quote is so true! So sad! That photo evokes such emotion!

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  10. I love that quote of hers, it's so true. People are becoming and feeling unwanted because we fail to accept them the way they are. Very moving photo, so many stories...

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  11. Wow, what a powerful image. Amazing and sad too. <3 the quote.

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  12. thats a pretty amazing photograph- it says volumes!

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  13. Your words go perfectly with the photo. I applaud you for stopping and capturing this image, even if it made others uncomfortable. It is indeed a powerful post.

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  14. I get that people felt uncomfortable while you were taking that photo but I completely commend you for doing so - it's most likely that whoever saw this image, even without the camera lens were uncomfortable, but you took this a step further, and in your usual clever and clear way - not to glorify, but just for the message. I'm not Catholic but oh my goodness, that Mother Theresa was so very wise and so worldly - imagine just spending a few hours with her - what a testament. Thanks, Renee.

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  15. an amazing photo and story.
    i agree with you so much.

    thank you so much for your "bravery" against the adversity of those in the area.
    not an easy thing to do - swim against the current, huh.

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  16. The image makes a powerful, tragic statement, reminding us that civilised society has its flaws! Wonderful photo!

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  17. What a powerful image... sometimes we need reminding that not everything is what it seems. Thank you so much for joining in with my meme The Human Condition

    Mollyxxx

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  18. A powerful reminder, Kathy. One we should all be continually uncomfortable about.

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