„I cannot come to be fully human unless I have received myself as a gift and accepted myself as a gift of somebody who has, as we say today, distorted me the way you distorted me by loving me.“

—  Ivan Illich, We the People interview (1996)
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Ivan Illich
österreichischer-amerikanischer Pädagoge, Philosoph, Theolo… 1926 - 2002

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