Quote of the Month: November 2018 - Ivan Illich

November 4, 2018

 

Quote of the Month (11/18):

 

"If you have any sense of responsibility at all, stay with your riots here at home. Work for the coming elections: You will know what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how to communicate with those to whom you speak. And you will know when you fail. 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. 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. And it is profoundly damaging to yourselves when you define something that you want to do as "good," a "sacrifice" and "help.""

 

Ivan Illich

Austrian Philosopher

Roman Catholic Priest

 

Deschooling Society

(1971)

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