An Austrian philosopher who founded the Intercultural Documentation Center in Mexico, Ivan Illich was known as a “maverick social critic” of contemporary. CIASP Canada – This talk was delivered on the evening of Saturday April 20 at St . Mary’s Lake of the Woods Seminary in Niles (Chicago). Austrian philosopher Ivan Illich, who was also a Roman Catholic priest, was Titled “To Hell with Good Intentions,” Illich discusses the deep.

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How have you been preparing yourself for this jllich program? Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux articles. The survival of the U. In his usual biting and sometimes sarcastic style, Illich goes to the heart of the deep dangers of paternalism inherent in any voluntary service activity, but especially in any international service “mission. S cannot survive if the rest of the world is not convinced that here we have Heaven on Earth. Et vous n’avez encore rien vu… Critique de la science et du scientisme ordinaire.

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After the small group discussions, move from Illich to facilitate a broader discussion of what all of this means for the upcoming service-learning program. And you will know when you fail. Next to money and guns, the third largest North American export is the U. It is illichh among these people that you will find your educational equals.

I cannot change now because my control of English is not good enough to keep my statement understandable if I change it while reading it. You close your eyes because you want to go ahead and could not do so if you looked at some facts.


To Hell with Good Intentions

I was equally impressed by the hypocrisy of most of you: I have no evidence that CIASP as a whole should or could serve this purpose in the future because it might be too much marked by the sins of its origin, which are not recognized as sins by you, but rather considered as simple shortcomings.

How odd that nobody ever thought about spending money to educate poor Mexicans in order to prevent them from the culture-shock of meeting you! If you have any sense of responsibility at all, stay with your riots here at home. Ce site utilise des cookies. I do not think that real conversion is possible unless one says: Next to money and guns, the third largest North American export is the U.

I did not come here to argue. I do not agree with this argument.

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I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence dith Mexico. Intellectual insight into the difficulties of fruitful volunteer action had not sobered the spirit of Peace Corps Papal-and-Self-Styled Volunteers.

However, whether we realize it or not, we all have preeminent mostly subconscious biases, that may reflect the way we undertake and lead. The damage which volunteers do willy-nilly is too high a goor for the belated insight that they shouldn’t have been volunteers in the first place.

Before I go, how will I learn about [Ethiopia] and the diverse [Ethiopian] cultures with which I will have contact? Now, it is among the members of this middle class that you will find a few people who are willing to waste their time with you. I think that the idea is of service leadership is good; one where all members are encouraged to participate and communicate.


It is no social distinction in the U. The only people with whom you can hope to communicate with are some members of the middle class. You start on your task without any training. Today, the existence of organizations like yours is offensive to Mexico.

It is quite possible that this hypocrisy is unconscious in most of you. You will not help anybody by your good go. Trying not to lose HOPE. All you will do in a Mexican village is create disorder. Seven years ago your country began and financed a so-called ” Alliance for Progress.

Such is the purpose of the Alliance for Progress of the middle classes which the U. Ask what they will be doing differently now that they have participated in this particular service-learning program and how they will continue to engage in service now that they are back, whether on campus or in the local community.

To Hell With Good Intentions

If you insist on working with the poor, if this is your vocation, then at least work among the poor who can tell you to go to illic. It is incredibly unfair for you to impose yourselves on a village where you are so linguistically deaf and dumb that you don’t even understand what you are doing, or what people think of you.

All food the globe the U. Alternatively, a sample case study has been provided. To hell with good intentions. Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux commentaires.