Reading discussion-illich | honors | Delta State University

Here are questions for you to be thinking about before we begin our conversation this week.  Get started by jotting down your initial answer below and reading what others have written. Then make constructive comments on at least two other posts. Finally, once you’ve ready everyone’s posts and looked through responses, discuss how you might amend your initial answer on further reflection.

  1. Why does Illich find the American volunteers’ “work” in Mexico offensive?
  2. What do you think of Illich’s claim that “there is no way for you to really meet with the underprivileged, since there is no common ground whatsoever for you to meet on”? Do you agree that there is no common ground ?
  3. Do you agree with Illich’s claim that we should take responsibility for what is happening in American communities before we take responsibility for the greater world?
  4. Why does Illich repeatedly refer to the volunteers’ work as a “vacation”?
  5. How do we serve people if we cannot communicate in the same language as them? Is this possible?
  6. Do volunteers serve primarily to receive?
  7. How can volunteers be trained to serve? What should this training entail?