“Don’t Believe Everything You Hear In AA”
IS ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS A MORAL PROGRAM OR NOT?
Big Book page 45
WE THE MEMBERS…AT LEAST THE MAJORITY OF MEMBERS THAT I HAVE HEARD SHARE IN THE ROOMS TEND TO DISLIKE HAVING THEIR MORALITY POLICED OR EVEN QUESTIONED.
Big Book page 45
“Well, that’s exactly what this book is about. Its main object is to enable you to find a Power greater than yourself which will solve your problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God. Here difficulty arises with agnostics.”
A HIGHER PLACE
The very nature of the 12 steps are truth, humility, tolerance, perseverance, Love, graciousness, open-mindedness, hope, faith, courage, service, willingness and more.
How many times have we heard in the rooms; “AA is not a moral program?” And yet the Big Book authors have stated on page 45 that the Big Book is both moral and spiritual. Some people just don’t like the word “immoral” I think and that’s why they swear the program is not about morality. I believe what they mean to say is the program isn’t about policing our sexuality and it isn’t.
The principles of AA are absolutely spiritual and moral!
However more importantly is that our authors have stated here that The Big Books main objective is to “enable you to find a Power (capital P no less) greater than yourself.
Chapter Four: WE AGNOSTICS Page 45 Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
“Lack of power, that was our dilemma. We had to find a power by which we could live, and it had to be a Power greater than ourselves. Obviously. But where and how were we to find this Power?
Well, that’s exactly what THE BIG book is about. Its main object is to enable us to find a Power greater than ourselves which will solve our problem. That means we have written a book which we believe to be spiritual as well as moral. And it means, of course, that we are going to talk about God.”BB pg.45
Why do SOME AA’s insist our program isn’t mora and all things AA are free of typical human dogma and flaws? I have my theories on that. Some have a need to whitewash the program. Don’t hear what I am not saying. The program from the book is not dogma. The people create the dogma. And it becomes status quo and believed as truth too often. I don’t blac wash or whitewash AA. But when lying dogma rears it’s head BY THE POPULUS I do smash it. I prefer TRUTH when it comes to my AA.
Perhaps some would rather I just brush the rampant BS under the carpet till it stinks. Is truth a threat to someone? Does AA truth hurt the newcomer? Where am I coming from with this? This is my reaction to years of criticism for correcting dogma and pointing out AA truth.
What are we politicians? That we can’t take a little truth and correction around our program? IF IT DON’T APPLY LET IT FLY.