Monday, 8 August 2011

Paulo Friere on sectarianism

From the preface to The Pedagogy of the Oppressed

‘...[C]losing themselves into “circles of certainty” from which they cannot escape, these individuals “make” their own truth. It is not the truth of men and women who struggle to build the future, running the risks involved in this very construction. Nor is it the truth of men and women who fight side by side and learn together how to build the future - which is not something given to be received by people, but is rather something to be created by them. Both types of sectarianism [left & right], treating history in an equally proprietary fashion, end up without the people - which is another way of being against them.’