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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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. In Mexico, it is a tiny elite. I was equally impressed by the hypocrisy of most of you: There is an Irish saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions: Of course, hekl surprising conviction was supported by members of a Missionary order, who would have no reason to exist unless they had the same conviction except i,lich much stronger one.

At the same time, a middle class in the United States is the majority. And here please remember that Ullich said “some” -by which I mean a tiny elite in Latin America. Consider the following facilitation questions for large group discussions:.

Service Leadership and ‘To Hell With Good Intentions’

Read the full Illich speech here: 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 it institutional purpose.

To enable one to develop a better sense of social responsibility and community engagement.

Ask what they will be doing differently now that they have participated in this particular service-learning program and how they will continue to engage in service now that they are back, whether on campus or in the local community.


And you will know intentionz you fail. I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of US volunteers overseas springs mostly from very alienated feelings and concepts.

Your reports about your work in Mexicowhich you so kindly sent me, exude self-complacency. I can only conclude that your invitation means one of at least three things: Of course, this surprising conviction was supported by members of a missionary order, who would have no reason to exist unless they had the same conviction – except a much stronger one.

To Hell with Good Intentions

On coming here I considered it my duty to continue my efforts toward getting you out of business. Ideally, these people define their role as service. What intenhions of work will be done? All you will do in a Mexican village is create disorder. I did not come here to argue.

This task is given to the U. You were aware of these things when you invited me – of all people – to be the main speaker at your annual convention. Soon you would be made aware of your irrelevance among the poor, of your status as middle class college students on a summer assignment. But do not come to help. Then, jvan minority of that minority goes on for university training.

I do not believe that such conversion is possible for a whole organization, but I do believe that intrntions is possible for a few individuals. Based on the discussion-based activity and the reading of Ivan Illich, each student should submit a page reflection intentionx prior to departure addressing one of the following questions:.

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. How can I avoid those?

Before I go, how will I learn about [Ethiopia] and the diverse [Ethiopian] cultures with which I will have contact? E-mail obligatoire adresse strictement confidentielle. There is no way for you to really meet with the underprivileged, since there is no common ground whatsoever for you to meet on. Before I prepared this statement, I wanted to say something more.

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I do have deep faith in the enormous good will of the U. You would be roundly rejected, no matter if your skin is white-as most of your faces yell are-or brown or black, as a few exceptions who got in here somehow. More information about the toolkit authors. Not only is there a gulf between what you have and what others have intenyions 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.

To Hell With Good Intentions

Intellectually, you are ready to see that the motivations which could legitimate volunteer action overseas in cannot be invoked for the same action in 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? What is the language spoken in the host country? I was equally impressed by the hypocrisy of most of you: I was impressed by your insight that the motivation of U.

You will know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how to communicate with those to whom you speak. He condemns US service organizations and international mission trips as paternalistic and states that they cause more harm within communities than good.

The fact that you live in huts and eat tortillas for a few weeks renders your well-intentioned group only a bit more picturesque.