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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Intentios very insight, your very openness to evaluations of past programs make you hypocrites because you — or at least most of you — are decided to spend this next summer in Mexico, and therefore, you are unwilling to go far enough in your reappraisal of your program. Often time histories differ between cultures because each culture views situations in context with their own beliefs and ideals.

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: What type of work will be done?

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.

You are ultimately-consciously or unconsciously – “salesmen” for a delusive ballet in the ideas of democracy, equal opportunity and free enterprise among people who haven’t the possibility of profiting from these. What is the nature of the program hel the program purpose?

This past week, we read and learned about different types of leadership forms. After the small group discussions, intetions from Illich to facilitate a broader discussion of aith all of this means for the upcoming service-learning program. Today, the existence of organizations like yours is offensive to Mexico.

Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training. After all, his livelihood intenntions sense of purpose depends on his firm belief in a year-round mission which is of the same type as your summer vacation-mission. How much will it cost for each student to participate in the upcoming program? To enable one to develop a better sense of social responsibility and community engagement.

A “dove” must always be included in a public dispute organized to increase U. You can only dialogue with those like you — Latin American imitations of the North American middle class.


And you will know when you fail. 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.

I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. Before I go, how will I learn about [Ethiopia] and the diverse [Ethiopian] cultures with which I will have contact?

Lessons I Learned

How intsntions that nobody ever thought about spending money to educate poor Mexicans in order to prevent them from the culture-shock of meeting you! 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 glod integration into the system.

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. You close your eyes because you want to go ahead and could not do so if you looked at some facts.

In the conversations which I have had today, I was impressed by two things, and I want to state them before I launch into my prepared talk.

And it is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as “good,” a “sacrifice” and “help. What are the pitfalls of travel that Illich mentions that most worry me?

I wanted to make this statement in order to explain why I feel sick about it all and in order to make you aware that good intentions have not much to do with what we are discussing here. And it will be the foreign priest who will especially confirm your self-image for you. What is the language spoken in the host country? 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.

If you have any sense of responsibility, at all, stay with your riots here at home. I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of US volunteers overseas springs mostly from very alienated feelings and concepts.

There is an Irish saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions: This original document was not edited and this document reflects the exact wording and punctuation used by Illich. 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. This task is given to the U. Politique relative aux cookies. People who understand that your own bad consciences push you to this gesture would laugh condescendingly.


Yet it is less frequently stated that most of them are ridiculously proud of their “summer sacrifices. Perhaps there is also something to the argument that young men should be promiscuous for a while in order to find out that sexual love is most beautiful in a monogamous relationship. You start on your task without any training. S cannot survive if the rest of the world is not convinced that here we have Heaven on Earth.

Why do you need to go there? But increasingly this commercial alliance must be protected by weapons which allow the minority who can “make it” to protect their acquisitions and achievements.

To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich

I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercising the power which being an Wth gives you. It is only among these people that you will find your educational equals.

The very frustration and humiliation which participation in CIASP programs might have meant for you, could lead you to new awareness: Home About Contact Info. CIASP was established as a university-student directed organization; 4 regional organizations in the United States elected directors and a national board was elected by these regions. The planned service-learning program should be focus of discussion.

I do have deep faith in the enormous good will of the U.

To Hell with Good Intentions

Indeed, most Americans now do. However, his good faith can usually be explained only by an abysmal lack of intuitive delicacy. Site copyrightUniversity of KentuckyEducation Abroad. illicy

Anybody in this country who did not finish high school is considered underprivileged. The damage which volunteers do willy-nilly is too high a price for the belated insight that they shouldn’t have been volunteers in the first place.