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). Titled “To Hell with Good Intentions,” Illich discusses the deep dangers of paternalism inherent in any “do-gooding” voluntary act of service.

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All three of these efforts seem to be failing.

Politique relative aux cookies. It has now become quite common to invite Black Power spokesmen to address Lions Clubs. Thus, people who have finished high school are members of a tiny minority. Or that the best way to leave LSD alone is to try it for awhile -or even that the best way of understanding that your help in the ghetto is neither needed nor wanted is to try, and fail.

Now to my prepared statement. Thus, people who have finished high school are members of a tiny minority. How can I avoid those? Site copyrightUniversity of KentuckyEducation Abroad. Consider the following facilitation questions for large group discussions:. Addressing that mission group at that particular historical epoch, he argues that those people the volunteers aim to help may not all need or want their aid.

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I say it against many resistances within me; but it must be said. 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? Skip to main content.

Determine how many students in the group speak the host country language. Hsll theme modification by Vaughan A. Your reports about your work in Mexico, which you so kindly sent me, exude self complacency.

I have reached the conclusion that, quite conceivably, there are a few people who could profit from the experience of the past years of CIASP and develop some kind of educational agency which makes it possible for North American students to live in Mexico. The very frustration and humiliation which participation in CIASP programs might have meant for you, could lead you to ilich awareness: Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux commentaires. This past week, we read and learned about different types of leadership forms.

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To Hell With Good Intentions

All over the globe the U. 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.

Some among you might have reached the conclusion that CIASP should either dissolve altogether, or take the promotion of voluntary aid to the Mexican poor out of its institutional purpose. I am here to tell you, if possible to convince you, and hopefully, to stop you, from pretentiously imposing yourselves on Mexicans.

He drafted a quick introduction to the original presentation and modified the written presentation. I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of US volunteers overseas springs mostly from very alienated feelings and concepts. People who understand that your own bad consciences rush you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly.

I would prepare my statement differently, particularly in style, had I had those five hours of conversation with you.

Monsignor Illich had prepared a speech in Cuernavaca before travelling to Chicago; he added introductory remarks after an afternoon attending sessions and meeting with CIASP members. You might also have invited me because you want to learn how to deal with people who think the way I do – how to dispute them successfully.

The dictators were formerly at the service of the plantation owners, but now they protect the new industrial complexes. There is an Irish saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions: You, like the values you carry, are the products of an American society of achievers and consumers, with its two-party system, its universal schooling, and its family-car affluence.

In Latin America the situation is quite different. You, like the values you carry, are the products of an American society of achievers and consumers with its two party system, its universal schooling, and its Family car affluency. You will not help anybody by your good intentions.


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I would have maybe then realized I should walk away, because he told me directly, and I realized that he was right: How can I meet [Ethiopians] who can tell me to “go to hell” and therefore try to develop meaningful relationships with them? Based on the discussion-based activity and the reading of Ivan Illich, each student should submit a page reflection paper prior to departure addressing one of the following questions:.

And finally, in Latin America the Alliance for Progress has been quite successful in increasing the number of people who could not be better off — meaning the tiny, middleclass elites— and has created ideal conditions for military dictatorships. To Hell with Good Intentions. In fact, you cannot even meet the majority which you pretend to serve in Latin America – even if you could speak their language, which most of you cannot. It is no social distinction in the U.

How have you been preparing yourself for this service-learning program? I am here to entreat you to use your money, your status and your education to travel in Latin America.

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Are materials are being brought with the group and at what cost or bought locally? I say this as a brother speaking to brothers and sisters. At best, you can try to convince Mexican girls that they should marry a young: In Chicagopoverty funds, the police force and preachers seem to be no more successful in their efforts to check the unwillingness of intntions black community to wait for graceful integration into the system.

It is now high time to cure yourselves of this. Your reports on past summers prove that you are not even capable of understanding that your do-gooding in a Mexican village is even less relevant than it would be in a U.