Proud to be maladjusted… Dr Martin Luther King Jr

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“Modern psychology has a word that is probably used more than any other word in modern psychology. It is the word “maladjusted.

This word is the ringing cry to modern child psychology. Certainly, we all want to avoid the maladjusted life. In order to have real adjustment within our personalities, we all want the well‐adjusted life in order to avoid neurosis, schizophrenic personalities.

But I say to you, my friends, as I move to my conclusion, there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I call upon all men  of good‐will will be maladjusted until the good society is realized.

I say very honestly that

  • I never intend to become adjusted 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.
  • I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self‐defeating effects of physical violence…

In other words, I’m about convinced now that there is need for a new organization in our world.

The International Association for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment‐‐men and women who will be as maladjusted as the prophet Amos.

Who in the midst of the injustices of his day could cry out in words that echo across the centuries, “Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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3 Responses to Proud to be maladjusted… Dr Martin Luther King Jr

  1. Loreen Lee says:

    “In order to avoid neurotic or schizophrenic personalities”……Yes it has all turned about to be, in the debate I have been involved in between the Catholics and the New Atheists. It was the Catholics who continued to publish my posts which were deemed to be ‘non-coherent- by the ‘news’…In final passages…or the rites’, I pointed out that within post-modernism going into all sorts of constructions reconstruction, deconstruction etc: the word schizophrenia was deemed a suitable word to describe such ‘contests’ as even these, and the a book by Deleuze, called Schizophrenia and Capitalism, or Oedipus suggests that Schizophrenia is needed to ‘overcome’ capitalism. I’m going back to writing about my ‘illness’! except I also believe that with respect to language, this necessarily involves a social rather than an individual context. As I told Tom at Margis Pharmacy, however, with a choice between a priest and psychiatrist, I am so glad that you are developing a/the viable alternative. As my comment indicated, however, I definitely need a rest. But I am certainly not attempting to ‘avoid neurotic or schizophrenic personalities’!!!!!
    Thanks Kevin..


  2. Loreen Lee says:

    HI Kevin. I didn’t mean to miss the meeting tonight. Just was too wrapped up in the internet as usual. But then I found this! If the link doesn’t get all ‘blue’ or what not, maybe you can put it in your URL ?


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