"It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
- Jiddu Krishnamurti
One of the attributes we associate with healthy people is that they are well-adjusted. What does that mean? Does it mean they know how to conform to the majority and do so with some measure of ease? The definition of well-adjusted is, “successfully altered or moved so as to achieve a desired fit, appearance, or result.” If this is the case, then we need to remove “well-adjusted” from our collective definition of health.
Being well-adjusted doesn’t serve the individual; it serves only those who want the bulk of society to behave like a flock of sheep—easily herded, no questions, no independent thought and, above all, no mission or purpose. We aren’t supposed to be robotic, yet we humans function (if you can call it that) in this world as if we’ve been brainwashed or somehow hypnotized into behaving against our own and our collective good.
Societies thrive when individuals think and create freely; when we all feel that we have something of value to offer; when we feel wanted, needed, and like we maintain an important place in our tribe. Every one of us is here for greater purposes. Each of us has a palette of gifts to offer and when we honor and respect this in ourselves and each other, beautiful things can happen.
Unfortunately, too many of us have bought into the very system that is killing us. We’ve left our own connection and greater good behind. Instead of finding our inner drummer and marching to his or her beat, we’ve allowed those who not only don’t care about us, but who want to keep us down, squelch our life force.
If being well-adjusted means selling our very souls to forceful greed, we’d better put that adjective on the laundry list descriptive of illness, not health.
People say it’s too hard to swim against the current; there are too many systems already in place so it’s futile to try to fight city hall. Not so. Let’s never give up. When we awaken and begin to think and feel for ourselves, when we welcome back our creativity, and remember who we are by rekindling our connection to Spirit, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.
Do not strive to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society. Strive for wholeness. In wholeness, we find what we are all longing for—our loving, beautiful, and connected Self.