How To Think About The Traditions, 10

Read This First: How To Think… it’s important to understand that we as a greater society have lost the ability to think critically…

10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
No A.A. group or member should ever, in such a way as to implicate A.A., express any opinion on outside controversial issues-particularly those of politics, alcohol reform, or sectarian religion. The Alcoholics Anonymous groups oppose no one. Concerning such matters they can express no views whatever.

** It may seem that I am bringing in a lot of controversial outside issues into this blog. I believe there is a deeper reason to look at what is going on in our society outside of AA so that we can see in the mirror what is going on AA, and make some major changes to the structure of it. I agree that I do not share these controversial issues with a newcomer. I did not find this stuff out myself until I was 10 years sober – 9/11 began to open my eyes – but I was 24 years sober when I really got down to the causes and the conditions of our society and what is going on. By that time, my relationship with God was solid, and I knew what to do with my fears. I believe Bernard Smith introduced quite a bit of these outside issues in his talk, in AA Comes of Age – and he, after all, was one of the Rockefeller boys, who helped Bill W. to build the General Service structure which is failing us today. Take what you like and leave the rest. If you don’t like what I have to say here about what might be considered “outside issues” then, so be it. I am just an anonymous alcoholic, putting forth what I see is killing AA, and experience on how to restart it. However, I had to know the exact nature of alcoholism before I became sold on the solution – the same seems to be true about our Fellowship. I need to know the exact nature of what is killing our Fellowship before I will know the solution to it and be willing to go to any lengths to fix it. Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 164 “Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got. See to it that your relationship with Him is right, and great events will come to pass for you and countless others. This is the Great Fact for us.”

I believe the true roots of this Tradition are similar to the Third Tradition – and we harken back to the Washingtonians getting caught up in abolitionism and then disappearing off the face of the earth. We have no opinion as a fellowship on outside issues, we want to be all inclusive of all alcoholics, we want to not have any other affiliation – our primary purpose is to help alcoholics to recover from alcoholism and we have to keep an eye on our defects of character, on our motives for power, money, promotion and distraction.

But outside issues are alive and well in AA as long as we have pamphlets for the African American, the young person, the senior, the LGBQT gender binary… We even have a separate fellowship for the young person in AA, within our fellowship.

Our focus has to be on what makes us the same – physical allergy, mental blank spot, spiritual malady.

Aren’t we talking “alcohol reform” every time we say “Just keep coming back” – “Meeting Makers Make it” -Nope. Meeting makers go insane if they are real alcoholics. The book, Alcoholics Anonymous has requirements. Sure, they are suggestions – we suggest you pull the rip cord as you jump out of the plane.

It’s interesting how we freely talk about Buddhism in AA – we talk about yoga, and different forms of meditation, but when Jesus Christ is mentioned – the hair on the back of our necks goes up… why? Why can we talk about one religion and not another? We talk about Christmas, Thanksgiving, and have alcothons for both those holidays but not the Solstices, in some areas of the country and in others it’s the opposite. The point is we are trying to be all-inclusive and never exclusive to real alcoholics super sensitivities.

People have to be free to find their own relationship with God. We are all very opinionated about how that should go and who that should be. Best’ to keep our mouths shut about it and share our experience, strength and hope.

And once again, drugs and cigarettes, caffeine, relationships and gambling, sex addiction, and the compulsive use of lip balm -are outside issues. I know we don’t like to be inconvenienced by having to go to different fellowships to talk about our sundry addictions. But that’s AA. The purpose of an AA meeting is not a support group for people who don’t want to drink anymore. An AA meeting is for newcomer people who want to stop drinking, to identify and find sponsors.

So, don’t get all huffy and puffy about how I am talking about the Dark Occult Globalists creating our outer society into a satanic culture and focus more on what that is doing to us within AA. Look more at how we do rely on the outer Society to be moral for us to have something to lean on and how it use to be so when AA was born. Realize that now that it is immoral – ask yourselves why this is happening – and what this means for the you and your group and the Our common welfare – as there is more and more surveillance and less and less anonymity in society instead of just blindly using your phone for everything and trusting in Daddy gubmen… start to investigate for yourself why our Traditions are important to protecting our Anonymity and our rights as AA members.

Is a day, just around the corner, where there are cameras in every meeting room, and we have mandatory reporting that tells us we have to report unsolved crimes mentioned in 5th steps to the police? Look up – there might already be a camera in your meeting room. And you tell your pals jokingly “I have nothing to hide now that I’m sober” – really?

Look at what China is doing with 5G to the Chinese people and ask yourself about being Anonymous in AA and why it is important for each newcomer to decide when and if they want to make amends for crimes committed.

The Book, Alcoholics Anonymous tells us on p. 132 “We try not to indulge in cynicism over the state of the nations, nor do we carry the world’s troubles on our shoulders.” but it also says p. 15 “I have seen men come out of asylums and resume a vital place in the lives of their families and communities.” What is it to resume a vital place in the lives of our communities? We just want to do what we want to do and not be bothered. Plus anything that requires that we look we possibly be the least uncomfortable – no thanks.