10 Nov YOUR MALADJUSTED MIND MAY JUST SAVE THE WORLD
“the archive” november 10, 2016
If your mind’s not wired for conformity, you’re an Irregular.
If you struggle to align your desires with life as we know it, you’re maladjusted.
These traits, viewed as negatives by society, may be the very ones that move society forward.
Martin Luther King Jr. actively recruited the creatively maladjusted as he stood up against racism and bigotry. He encouraged those listening to understand that fitting in and adjusting to society isn’t always the right goal. There’s something to be said for swimming against the tide, asking the tough questions, and (along with Dr. Horrible) proclaiming that “the status is not quo.”
The feeling of restlessness within our own skin, the often overwhelming depth of thoughts and emotions, the surreal experience of watching “normal” people function through the trivial and mundane, the hours spent wrestling with the darkness- these uncomfortable realities of many Irregulars can lead to a greater empathy for the world around them, especially for those also labeled “different.” Empathy and understanding are starting points for growth. Click To Tweet
The way my brain works makes it difficult for me to adjust to many things in this world. My desires and expectations of life and people and myself rarely line up with reality. This can be heartbreakingly difficult, both for me and those who love me. Sometimes I wish I could not think, not feel, not care. Idealism in a harsh world can be a quick path to madness.
But imagine how much darker our world would be without the mad idealists? Imagine what it would be without those unable to conform, unable to fit in with whatever society deems normal?
Not every Creative identifies as an Irregular, but there are many Irregulars who identify as Creatives. To be creative is to “have or show the ability to make new things or think of new ideas; use the ability to make or think of new things; [and/or] the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created.” (Merriam Webster)
New things. New ideas. New stories.
Maybe you create in the artsy sense of the word. There’s no doubt the impact that art can make- poetry, song, story, photography, etc. Or maybe you’re creative in speaking and persuasion, or in developing new systems and models. There are many ways to add the creative to the maladjusted and Martin Luther King Jr. nailed it when he combined the two.
“This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists… dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; and men do reverence before false gods of nationalism and materialism. 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.” -Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love
Maladjusted: “lacking harmony with one’s environment from failure to adjust one’s desires to the conditions of one’s life.” (Merriam Webster)
Creative: “the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created.” (Merriam Webster)
Our inability to conform and tendency to question can be a catalyst toward creating new ideas and new stories in a world that needs a new normal.
Your maladjusted mind may just save the world.