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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This last possibility on1y open to those who do not listen, or who cannot understand me. I do not agree with this argument.

Today, the existence of organizations like yours is offensive to Mexico.

People who understand that your own bad consciences rush you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly. Now to my prepared statement. The survival of the U. Read the full Illich speech here: It is now high time to cure yourselves of this. And finally, you might have invited me here hoping that you would be able to agree with most of what I say, and then go ahead in good faith and work this summer in Mexican villages. Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training.

Students should be required to read the transcript of the famous speech by Illich prior to the group meeting, as follows: Perhaps this is the moment to instead bring home to the people of the U. It is no social distinction in the U. Before I prepared this statement, I wanted to say something more.

You start on your task without any training. Perhaps this is the moment to instead bring home to the people of the U.


Therefore you might have invited me here to help the others inhentions this same decision. I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. I do have deep faith in the enormous good will of the U.

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More information about the toolkit authors. There exists the argument that some returned volunteers have gained insight into the damage they have done to others – wiyh thus become more mature people.

Not only is there a gulf between what you have and what others have which is much greater than the one existing between you and the poor in your own country, but there is also a gulf between what you feel and what the Mexican people feel that is incomparably greater.

And it is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as “good,” a “sacrifice” and “help. In Mexicoit is a tiny elite. In Chicago, poverty funds, the police force and preachers seem to be no more successful in their efforts to check the unwillingness of the black community to wait for graceful integration into the system. You close your eyes because you want to go ahead and could not do so if you looked intentilns some facts. Ideally, these people define their role as service.

If ho have any sense of responsibility, at all, stay gokd your riots here at home. Come to look, come to climb our mountains, to enjoy our flowers. Oh how I wish that I had heard Ivan Illich give this speech in A group like this could not have developed unless a mood in the United States had supported it – the belief that any true American must share God’s blessings with his poorer fellow men.


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You were aware of these things when you invited me – of all people – to be the main speaker at your annual convention. 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? Thus, people who have finished wjth school are members of a tiny minority.

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. Let me explain this statement, and also let me explain why most Latin Americans with whom you might be able to communicate would disagree with me.


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I do not believe that such conversion is possible for a whole organization, but I do believe that it is possible for a few individuals. Yet it is less frequently stated that most of them are ridiculously proud of their “summer sacrifices. He goes on to compound the wifh by suggesting most of these volunteers come from a comfortable and privileged lifestyle; one that would give them the luxury to take time to travel and volunteer.