“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.”