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Tell your friend the story of Saadi’s Golestan, the story you related at the celebration last night: He came to distinguish “poverty” lifestyle based on moderation, which may be voluntary cf.

If Rahnnema am correct, you have never been interested in the kind on actions in which missionaries, developmentalists or Marxist and other social intervenors generally take pride; namely, to extend care or assistance to those who are presumed to suffer or need help. I worry about minds, hearts and social rituals being infected by development, rahnemq only because it obliterates the unique beauty and goodness of the now, but also because it awakens the “we”.

It is the opposite of a statistical “we”, the sense of being jointly enumerated manid represented in a graphic column. Later, I increasingly questioned the pursuit of an abstract and ever more remote ideal called health. The new voluntaristic and empty “we” is the result of you and me, together with innumerable others, being made subject to the same technical management process — “we drivers,” “we smokers,” “we environmentalists.

Majid Rahnema – Wikipedia

Colonization of the Mind – Ashis Nandy He died on 14 April Education as an Instrument of Cultural Defoliation: I objected to compulsory schooling as an inappropriate means to pursue universal education — which I then approved Deschooling Society. Most importantly, in terms of the future, they present some of the experiences and ideals out of which ordinary people are now trying to construct their own more humane and culturally and ecologically respectful alternatives to development, which, in turn, may provide useful signposts for those concerned with the post-development era that is now at hand.


This refinement of the first-person experience has been largely washed away wherever development has set it. Intuition guided my initial rejection of development. About Contact News Giving to the Press. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. And now that you have so kindly agreed to break your long silence on development and allowed me to engage in a friendly yet open conversation on the matter, I would like you to satisfy my curiosity on a couple of questions.

Although the lesson had enriched this friend’s inner life in many ways, it has also, I guess, acted on him as a destabilizing factor, actually discouraging him from continuing to take an active part in social life, as he did before. For more information, or to order this book, please visit https: I began to question the goals of development more than the agencies, education more than the schools, health more than the hospitals.

You are correct in your belief that I had qualms about the notion of economic development early on. Twitter Tweets by ChicagoDistrib.

Ivan Illich in conversation with Majid Rahnema

The Power of the Powerless: You may purchase this title at these rahema bookstores. Long ambassador, he represented Iran at the UN for twelve successive sessions of to A friend of Ivan Illichhe participated in his reflections on development.


He was Commissioner of the United Nations in Rwanda and Burundi infor elections and the referendum that led these countries to independence. He then settled in France, where he taught at the American University of Paris. Learning from Ladakh – Helena Norberg-Hodge 3. Thinking of him, I sometimes wonder whether the joy and indeed the inner clarity gained by this type of questioning does not sometimes hinder one’s capacity to relate to the outer world and to participate in a meaningful social life.

This Reader brings together an exceptionally gifted group of thinkers and activists – from South and North – who have long pondered these questions. With the collapse of colonialism, the millions who had joined the struggle accepted their leaders’ new call for ‘development’.

Now we are both older; each of us had to advance along his own road to reach a level where we can find ourselves in agreement. And remember that there is no possibility of achieving this so long as the candle near our samovar stands for “everyone”.

The Post-Development Reader

From my first encounter with it, when I became vice-chancellor in charge of “development” at a university in Ponce, Puerto Rico, I had doubts. Now, Back to your questions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. University of Chicago Press: