Ugandan senior journalist Andrew Mwenda says Jesus of Nazareth or Jesus Christ was a mere vagabond but is believed to have achieved so much as to be remembered in pages of history.
A vagabond is a person who wanders from place to place without a home or job.
Jesus is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God.
Christians believe Jesus is the awaited Messiah (or Christ, the Anointed One) of the Old Testament.
Mwenda was on Saturday explaining to students at Victoria University Career Day that material wealth and chunks of money do not mean success.
He said fulfilment in life can be attained by pursuing one’s passion giving the example of Jesus who owned nothing and had no home of his own.
“The people I admire in history were not rich,” Mwenda said.
“Take for example Jesus, was he even educated?”
“Yes…yes, he went to some school,” someone mumbled in the audience.
Where Jesus obtained his education is not recorded in the Gospels or Church histories, but it is apparent that he was educated.
Scholars know little about the availability of formal education for peasant or working classes in 1st century Judea and Galilee.
Today, Jesus Christ would be banned from preaching on university campuses if he were alive today, according to Oxford professor Timothy Garton Ash.
The professor of European Studies at Oxford University was speaking at the Hay Festival, sponsored by the Telegraph.
“Now non-violent extremists? That’s Karl Marx, Rousseau, Charles Darwin, Hegel, and most clearly Jesus Christ, who was definitely a non-violent extremists. The Home Office wouldn’t want him preaching on campus.”
Mwenda cited another example of Socrates, a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy.
Mwenda quotes Socrates’ wife Xanthippe saying the greatest philosopher in human history was “a good-for-nothing who always moved around aimlessly and brought his family more notoriety than good”.
Mwenda then picked Mother Teresa also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary.
While Teresa was not even educated or rich, she founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries helping the sick and the needy.
The journalist said it was possible for one to be rich and live an empty life yet those who have nothing can live satisfactory lives if they follow their passions.
Mwenda described a successful person as one who achieves three ideals; love for the family, love for play [pursuing a sport] and love for profession [career].