Creatively Maladjusted

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did not like the notion of passively accepting hurtful, harmful social norms. He stated that those who accept hate and injustice as just the way of the world, 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…”–M.L.K. Jr.

He addressed those of us who have always believed that the normalization of hurtfulness present in societies is wrong-headed and quite uncivilized. He spoke to the people who in no way shrug off conflict and hatred as acceptable ways to interact with people.

As a way to provide moral support to people who refuse to conform to the status quo of destructive interpersonal interactions, King stated: “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 creatively maladjusted.”

There are plenty of us WordPress bloggers who write about improving the human condition. We advocate health, eliminating mental and physical disease, feeding the hungry, crime prevention, saving the environment, battling bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia. Nonconformists can do much to alleviate the pain and suffering that seems ever-present in the world.

In today’s atmosphere of social unrest, there is a renewed hunger for social justice. We can tell that our words and actions are being noticed by the powers that be by the ways they deride and belittle “social warriors”. There is an even stronger will to right the wrongs of society these days. It’s not going to fade away any time soon. It’s time to fly our freak flags high.

{This post is a slight re-write of the bluejayblog post I wrote for July 5, 2017.}

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Martin Luther King, Junior again. “Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.”

About swabby429

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

  1. Yes, this is a “moment” in which positive changes are happening. Still, so many people are repressive sorts. There is no lack of them, and few of them would ever change their mindsets.

  2. Nice share Swabby. Hurting others and creating fights takes the fun out of life!❤️❤️☕️☕️

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