Monday, September 8, 2008

When two are joined

One of the fascinating aspects of marriage is that moment when you first combine all of your earthly goods and discover that you have too many of some things and still not enough of others. In our case, we came up with two copies of a Boom Crash Opera LP and two copies of a book called "Strength to Love" by Martin Luther King.

We'll forget about the former, but here's some thoughts from the latter:
This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. Our planet teeters on the brink of atomic annihilation; dangerous passions of pride, hatred and selfishness are enthroned in our lives; truth lies prostrate on the rugged hills of nameless calvaries; 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 ... there are some things in our world to which men of goodwill must be maladjusted. I confess that I never intend to become
adjusted to the evils of segregation and the crippling effects of discrimination, to the moral degeneracy of religious bigotry and the corroding effects of narrow sectarianism, to economic conditions that deprive men of work and food, and to the insanities of militarism and the self-defeating effects of physical violence.
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.

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