Today is the anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech.
In another of his powerfully challenging and inspiring speeches from 1967, he talked about when we might want to adopt a bit of creative maladjustment when what we would otherwise be ‘adjusting to’ (and thus empowering) is, well, pretty much normalized insanity.
Here’s a snippet of the Rev. Dr. King’s speech on creative maladjustment:
“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.”
He also said, “This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists … Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted,” based on the description he gave in the speech, and the snippet of it above.
And in case we need another tidbit of inspiration to shake our torpor and stoke our creatively maladjusted fires, Dr. King gave us this: “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
It’s easy to ‘go silent’, to adjust to the status quo, and adjust again, and again, and again, until we’re a mere shadow of who we truly are. We’ve succeeded in becoming normal, but according to what measure … or whose?
But that kind of normal isn’t a virtue (as Aunt Frances said in the film Practical Magic).
The current (and recent) astro-energetic dynamics — particularly the Uranus-Pluto Square (we’re now in its wake) and the Chiron Returns of the Uranus-Pluto Conjunction crew born between 1963 and 1968 — is all about unmasking and undoing these false adjustments, about freeing your mind (and heart), and about exploring Dr. King’s invitation and inspiration to creatively maladjust.
Lots of love,
Featured Image Credit: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [Photo from Seattle Times archive]
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