Psychologists are responsible for providing us with the tools to build clear, logical minds. At the same time, King criticizes those who are too quick to label differently thinking minds as “maladjusted,” stressing the importance of new ideas and points of view.
“There are some things concerning which we must always be maladjusted if we are to be people of good will.”
He challenges us to think outside the box and to look at things from a new perspective. In a way, the patterns of thought that changed during the civil rights movement are still applicable today. As psychologists, our work is to uphold the structured, proven realm of our science, while still creating an atmosphere of creativity and innovation.
Our mission as psychologists is a multifaceted one, but one with an overarching goal: To support those who fight for what is right and those who fight to protect us.
This week, we remember and thank those who fought for freedom yesterday and those who continue to fight for tomorrow’s freedom.
“Social scientists, in the main, are fortunate to be able to extirpate evil, not to invent it.”
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