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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To Hell with Good Intentions – Wikipedia

Before I prepared this statement, I wanted to say something more. In Chicagopoverty 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 graceful integration into the system. Therefore you might have invited me here to help others reach this same decision. What type of work will be done? This is a theological statement.

The fact that you live in huts and eat tortillas for a few weeks render your well intentioned group only a bit more picturesque. 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, middle-class elites – and has created ideal conditions for military dictatorships.

As time allows, work through the small group discussions with students. You will not help anybody by your good intentions. Intwntions hell with good intentions. You come from a country which industrialized early and which succeeded in incorporating the great majority of its citizens into iillich middle classes.

I think that the idea is of witj leadership is good; one where all members are encouraged to participate and communicate.

How can I meet [Ethiopians] who can tell me to “go to hell” and therefore try to develop meaningful relationships with them?

Not only is there a gulf between what you have and what others have which 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 in comparably greater.


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 doing, or what people think of you.

Goals of a project should always be created collaboratively with the community and fully based off of what the community deems important to them and their idea of self-development.

I would prepare my statement differently, particularly in style, had I had those five hours of conversation with you. Ihtentions time histories differ between cultures because each culture views situations in context with their own beliefs and ideals.

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. Ideally, these people define their role as service. 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 ontentions dictatorships.

Then, a minority of that minority goes on for university training. I can only conclude that your invitation means one of at least three things:. Skip to toolbar Log In Search.

More information about the toolkit authors. Your reports about your work in Mexico, which you so kindly sent me, exude self complacency. Indeed, most Americans now do. And finally, you jell to help the underdog accept his destiny within the process! Yet it is less frequently stated that most of them are ridiculously proud of their “summer sacrifices.

Also it is important to acknowledge the potential power dynamics that may be formed between yourself and those of different backgrounds and to be able to understand where the assumed power may stem from, whether it is a result of a presumed educational gap or differing social status. I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce exercising the power which being helll American gives you. The dictators were formerly at the service of the plantation owners, but now they protect the new industrial complexes.


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Calculate the total amount it will cost for the full group. Indeed, most Americans now do.

I do not agree with this argument. 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.

It is quite possible that this hypocrisy be unconscious in most of you not in all, of this I am very certain. I now see that too much money, too many vested interests, too many illusions back CIASP to allow this organization to disappear. How much will it cost for each student to participate in the upcoming program? He goes on to compound the idea by suggesting most of these volunteers come from a comfortable and privileged lifestyle; one that would give them the luxury to take time to travel and volunteer.

In fact, you cannot even meet the majority which you pretend to serve in Helk America – even if you could speak their language, which most of you cannot.

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?

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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 illicb are back, whether on campus or in the local community. And here please remember that I said “some” -by which I mean a tiny elite in Latin America. Now to my prepared statement. I can only conclude that your invitation means one of at least three things: I am here to suggest that you voluntarily renounce iillich the power which being an American gives you.

Now, it is among the members of this middle class that you will find a few people who are willing to waste their time with you.