Read This First: How To Think… it’s important to understand that we as a greater society have lost the ability to think critically…
4. With respect to its own affairs, each A.A. group should be responsible to no other authority than its own conscience. But when its plans concern the welfare of neighboring groups also, those groups ought to be consulted. And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board. On such issues our common welfare is paramount.
Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
This Tradition especially must be used with caution – it cannot be seen as separate from the first, and Foundation Tradition – that OUR Common Welfare, MUST come first if we are to survive the certain trials and low spots ahead.
I italicized this phrase, And no group, regional committee, or individual should ever take any action that might greatly affect A.A. as a whole without conferring with the trustees of the General Service Board. because these days it should probably read: “And no member of the General Service Board should every take any action that might greatly affect AA as a whole without conferring with the AA groups, regional committees, or individuals.” Because these days the Board does whatever it wants to with or without Conference approval, and it also honeyfuggles the Conference into doing what it wants because the Delegates don’t have a clue about how to use the Traditions or how to Stand up for Principle.
So how to be autonomous while placing our common welfare first? We think of others and how we may be of service to them, in our own unique and individual way.
In the AA literature – we have always been told that we have the right to be wrong – and this gave us license to do whatever the fuck we wanted to do. And here we are – having almost destroyed AA as a result of doing whatever we want without consulting our Principles or thinking of our future – for our own children and ourselves – so the next thing to do would be to try this other way –
We have to think that anything and everything we do effects AA as awhole so we have to consult our neighbors when we plan to make any changes – simply think of others and that we are all (worldwide) working together to help alcoholics so therefore – how to be helpful to my friends who are helping me with our Great Work? That’s how we view others whom might be affected.
Again, it is the disease that makes us believe that we can get away with things or that our actions aren’t counted in the big picture. That is an extremely selfish point of view to take.