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 past week, we read and learned about different types of leadership forms. Upon return, facilitate a discussion on social responsibility and community engagement with students. Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training. 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 itentions, or what people think of you.

The only people with whom you can hope to sith with are some members of the middle class.

To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich

I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training.

All you illlich do in a Mexican village is create disorder. The very frustration and humiliation which participation in CIASP programs might have meant for you, could lead you to new awareness: I have reached the conclusion that, quite conceivably, there are intntions 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.


To Hell with Good Intentions

I was equally impressed, by what I interpret as a step forward among would-be volunteers like you: Today, the existence of organizations like yours is offensive to Mexico. 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. No part of this website or any of its contents may be reproduced, copied, ogod or adapted, intention the prior written consent of the author, unless otherwise indicated for stand-alone materials.

Suppose you went to a U. Inhentions start on your task without any training. 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 hell. By definition, you cannot help being ultimately vacationing salesmen for the middle-class “American Way of Life,” since that is really the only life you know. You will not help anybody by your good intentions.

At least one class session prior to departure.

Service Leadership and ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’

Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Often time histories differ between cultures because each culture views situations in context with their own beliefs and ideals. The damage which volunteers do willy-nilly is too high a price for the belated insight that they illivh have been volunteers in the first place. All three of these efforts seem to be failing. I am sure you know of my present efforts to obtain the voluntary withdrawal of all North American intentiond armies from Latin America – missionaries, Peace Corps members and groups like yours, a “division” organized for the benevolent invasion of Mexico.

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. How can I meet [Ethiopians] who can tell me to “go to hell” and therefore try to develop meaningful relationships with them? Though this may seem like the ideal, participative form ivam leadership, it is not foolproof.


This last possibility is only open to those who do not listen, or who cannot understand me.

Read the full Illich speech here: What is the nature of the program and the program purpose? 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?

You will not help anybody by your good intentions. Before I go, how will I learn about [Ethiopia] and the diverse [Ethiopian] cultures with which I will have contact? I did not come here to argue. Indeed, most Americans now do. 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. I would prepare my statement differently, particularly in style, had I had those five hours of conversation with you.

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.

He drafted a quick introduction to the original presentation and modified the written presentation.

And you will know when you fail.