Conviviality

Conviviality was Ivan Illich’s word. He meant it as a synonym for what he meant by Christian. But don’t allow confusion with what other people might mean by the same word; he didn’t mean dogma, he didn’t mean superstition; he meant getting along sensibly: humbly, humanly: being cautious about concepts like sovereignty

There’s regularly some lane straddling between my divisions of teaching and personal. One school story might be more didactic and less personal, another, or a jail story, or an army story, might be more personal and less tendentious. Nothing to lose sleep over. I doubt that there’s anything we can do that has no spiritual dimension; I’m confident that whatever we can perceive has some secular implication. Nothing human can be purely physical; nothing sacred can have no contact with the profane. But categories are convenient.
(John Quintero, another Illich disciple, another jail-victim, just wrote me that Illich’s “conviviality” relates to Aristotle’s “friendship.” Yes: Illich too talked a lot about friendship!

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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