The Glory of Mal-Adjustment
They say, “The most difficult thing is to live alone and the second most difficult thing is to live with a human being.”
Almost all humans choose to live as social animals as it is a bit less difficult thing to do. This choice breeds the need for adjustment. A well-adjusted person can escape the horror of living alone. But, are humans born just to adjust? Has God endowed them with such high potentials, brilliance, genius, imagination, creativity, sensitivity… to make adjustments in the society? My answer is: Emphatic NO.
Man is born to create, to love, to appreciate, to soothe, to heal, to learn, to spread happiness, to discover, to invent, to be self-actualized and to transcend the dichotomy of the world.
Civilization is not created by well-adjusted people. As a matter of fact, a well-adjusted person cannot even fully realize and relish his potential let alone contributing to the creations in the world. They identify too completely with ‘the Persona’ (Carl Jung’s Archetype) at the expense of their true identities. They are just struggling to survive by simply increasing the area of agreement. They can hardly reach Rollo May’s ‘Creative Consciousness’.
The scientists whose inventions have made our lives much smoother, whose researches would guide us for ages, were probably not well-adjusted people, be it Archimedes, Newton, Edison or Einstein.
The great philosophers, psychologists and literary genius must have spent years of aloneness, reading and writing day and night, and must have pondered over a single thought for years to create the premise and theories which guide us in every walk of life.
The Renaissance was marked by the works of art by Michael Angello, Leonardo De Vinci, the literary creations of Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dante and Tuscan, …
Four stalwarts, Carl Marx, Darvin, Franz Kafka and Sigmund Freud are called the keys to the twentieth century. Through them we understand life in that century.
Society called them fanatics and maniacs. The works of these so called fanatics would survive for the centuries to come.
The great leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi, too, were certainly not striving to adjust in the society. They uplifted the society from the age-old darkness of ignorance.
Mother Teresa, Ravindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekanand simply followed their instincts passionately and their contributions to the fields of ideologies and art; and most importantly, their service to humanity made them immortal.
In the words of Abraham Maslow, these are the self-actualized people who transcended adjustment. The whole world salutes them for their contributions to mankind and not for how well-adjusted they were in the other areas of their lives.
We should always follow our instincts as our instincts or inspirations are nothing but mandates of God. Inspired means ‘In Spirit’. – Dr. Wayne Dyer. The more we can listen to and follow our inspirations the more support we receive from the Universe and Nature. God is not bothered how well you adjust in the society. What matters is how well you understand the purpose of your incarnation and whether you possess the will and courage to walk that path.
Love, Joy, Happy Thoughts