Restrictive Systems

Every one of us, and every group with which we live and work, must become the model of the era which we desire to create.

[...] we must recognize that our thrust toward self-realization is profoundly hampered by outmoded, industrial-age structures.

We are presently constrained and driven by the impact of man's ever growing powers.

Our existing systems force us to develop and accept any weaponry system which may be technologically possible; our present systems force us to develop and accept any improvement in machinery, equipment, materials and supplies which will increase production and lower costs; our present systems force us to develop and accept advertising and consumer seduction.

It is [...] tempting to attack those holding roles such as national leader, administrator, manager, executive, labour leader, professor, student, parent. But such attacks on individuals often disguise the real nature of the crisis we confront: the demonic nature of present systems which force man to consent to his own deepening self-destruction.

The way ahead will be found by those who are unwilling to be constrained by the apparently all-determining forces and structures of the industrial age.

The celebration of man's humanity through joining together in the healing expression of one's relationships with others, and one's growing acceptance of one's own nature and needs, will clearly create major confrontations with existing values and systems. The expanding dignity of each man and each human relationship must necessarily challenge existing systems.

We have failed to discover how the necessary changes in our ideals and our social structures can be made. Each of us, therefore, through our ineffectiveness and our lack of responsible awareness, causes the suffering around the world.

[Ivan Illich]
Celebration of Awareness, p.17-19

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2 comments:

  1. J.F. - When the head of the Sicilian Mafia, Toto Rina, was arrested in Palermo, it was a big success for the Italian police - but five minutes later Toto Rina must have been replaced by someone else as the boss of the Mafia.

    So the real adversary is the organization, not any one person.

    M. - [...] if you want to treat the causes, it's the individuals that need to be reformed. They need help in changing themselves.

    [Jean-Francois Revel and Matthieu Ricard]
    The Monk and the Philosopher, p.201

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  2. Race is not a hot issue in prosperous upper middle class London neighbourhoods.

    The reason race -is- an issue has to do with former white working(/lower middle)-class deprived communities being marginalised and ignored (or feeling so), then venting their anger at the more vulnerable target; ethnically identifiable newcomers (foreign tribe) rather than the economic structure that surrounds and pins them (the inscrutable gods).

    [Anonymous]
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