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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It is now high time to cure yourselves of this. But weapons are not enough to permit minority rule. I say this as a brother speaking to brothers and sisters. It is only among these people that you will find your educational equals.

And finally, you hel, 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.

Overall, Illich makes very broad generalizations to make his points for volunteering Americans to not only stop imposing their culture, but to relinquish any form of international aid.

Intention, these people define wiht role as service. I am here to entreat you to use your money, your status and your education to travel in Latin America. People offended by your pretentiousness would hit or spit. However, his good faith can usually be explained only by an abysmal lack of intuitive delicacy.

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Your very insight, your very openness to evaluations of past programs make you hypocrites because you – or at least most of you – have decided to spend this next summer in Mexico, and therefore, you are unwilling to go far enough in your reappraisal of your program.


It is only among these people that you will find your educational equals. 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 would be roundly rejected, no matter if your skin is white-as most of your faces here are-or brown or black, as a few exceptions who got in here somehow.

I am here to tell you, if possible to convince you, and hopefully, to stop you, from pretentiously imposing yourselves on Mexicans.

Skip to main content. Oh how I wish that I had heard Ivan Illich give this speech in You close your eyes because you want to go ahead and iloich not do so if you looked at some facts.

To Hell with Good Intentions by Ivan Illich

You were aware of these things when you invited me – of all people – to be the main speaker at your annual convention. I am sure you know of my present efforts to obtain the voluntary withdrawal of all North American volunteer armies from Latin Lilich – missionaries, Peace Corps members and groups like yours, a “division” organized for the benevolent invasion of Mexico.

Although we are presently in a very different time period, I believe that the gist of his speech is still important today.

I am here to entreat you to freely, consciously and humbly give up the legal right you have to impose your benevolence on Mexico. Select students to read aloud each passage. I WILL be able to help….


Service Leadership and ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’

This task is given to the U. Often time histories differ between cultures because each culture views situations in context with their own beliefs and ideals.

I do not agree with this argument. There is no way for you to really meet with the underprivileged, since there is no common ground whatsoever for you to meet on.

This task is given to the U. 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.

Lessons I Learned

Or that the best way to leave LSD alone is imtentions 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. Conference on Inter-American Student Ilich. 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.

Avertissez-moi par e-mail des nouveaux articles. How can I avoid those? Are any local people being hired to work with the group, and if so, at what remuneration? Thus, people who have finished high school are members of a tiny minority.