Tuesday, January 8, 2008
In one of his writings Martin Luther King Jr. talks about the psychological problem of maladjustment. He said that in modern psychology there is a word that is probably used more than any other word. It is the word "maladjusted." Dr. King then said that we all should seek to live a well—adjusted life in order to avoid neurotic and schizophrenic personalities. He said that at the same time there some things within our social order to which he was proud to be maladjusted. He then called the people to be maladjusted. Dr. King wrote that he would never adjust to segregation and discrimination. He will never intend to adjust to mob rule. He will never adjust to the tragic effects of the methods of physical violence and to tragic militarism. He then wrote, “I call upon you to be maladjusted to such things. As maladjusted as Abraham Lincoln who had the vision to see that this nation could not exist half slave and half free. As maladjusted as Jefferson, who in the midst of an age amazingly adjusted to slavery could cry out, "All men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. God grant that we will be so maladjusted that we will be able to go out and change our world and our civilization. And then we will be able to move from the bleak and desolate midnight of man’s inhumanity to man to the bright and glittering daybreak of freedom and justice.” I will never get adjusted to this notion you have to be a certain color in order to rent an apartment. I will never get adjusted to the notion that you need white people to live in your neighborhood in order to get better services. I’m maladjusted to the tactics of Real Estate Brokers, Coop Boards, Merchants and inequality.