Creatively Maladjusted

We must not allow ourselves to normalize what is harmful to others. This is my interpretation of what Martin Luther King, Junior had to say about exploitation, injustice, and violence in our world.

Dr. King had more than just one dream about the future of the world. One of them included people who he tongue-in-cheek said practiced “creative maladjustment”. King did not like the idea of just passively accepting harmful social norms. He felt that ordinary people who accept injustice and hate, as just the way things are, are people who suffer a pathology.

“There are some things in our nation and in our world to which I’m proud to be maladjusted… I never intend to adjust myself to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few, and leave millions of people perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of prosperity. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, and to the self-defeating effects of physical violence….. And I call upon you to be maladjusted to these things until the good society is realized…”

Dr. King spoke to those of us who have always felt that the hurtful ways of the world are very wrong-headed; that much of civilization is very uncivilized. For one reason or another, there is no way we can accept hate and conflict as the ultimate reactions as we live our lives.

Sometimes we need a nudge and a reminder that one of the world’s foremost human rights activists advocated that nonconformists should shake off their complacency. King said: “This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists… The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority… Human salvation lies in the hands of the creative maladjusted.”

Reading the words of my fellow bloggers, I see that there are a lot of us creatively maladjusted people on the loose in society around the world. We nonconformists write about eliminating cancer, improving our health, feeding the world, rethinking outmoded social norms, dialing back war, preventing crime, preserving the environment, improving people’s lives, battling sexism, homophobia, racism, and bigotry of all types. Sentient beings suffer daily.  Nonconformists or creatively maladjusted people can do much to alleviate the pain.

The “normal” folks like to call us misfits when we call them out. The days of going along to get along are long gone. The days of peaceful, social justice are upon us now. It’s time to fly our freak flags high. Are you creatively maladjusted?

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Martin Luther King, Jr.  “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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1 Response to Creatively Maladjusted

  1. SoundEagle says:

    Hello swabby429 and Blue Jay of Happiness,

    Since your post ends with a question, SoundEagle should begin the comment with one: From a score of 0 to 100, how creatively maladjusted is SoundEagle?

    Perhaps one may begin to have an inkling of what the approximate score may be after scrutinizing

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