Ivan Illich

“Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step… If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.”

Ivan Illich (4th September 1926 – 2nd December 2002) was a theologian, philosopher, social critic and a Roman Catholic priest. He described himself as an “errant pilgrim”, and was notoriously known for his criticism of institutionalised learning; industrialised society and modern medicine.

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