I’m not going to waste any time here proving that AA is a religion because I’ve already done that. Just read the steps or the first half of “The Freedom to Recover” if you still have any doubts.
Supporters of AA when asked; “What about the 12 steps are in any way useful?” will very often point to AA’s
4th step “Made a fearless and searching moral inventory of ourselves”. They will try to justify this guilt provoking and self-debasing step by say that that’s not at all what it’s about, that it is really about finding
areas in your life where you are lacking or where you have been weak, mean or selfish and that by facing these “shortcomings” you can start the process of remedying them by spilling your guts and admitting “your part” in it all. It’s all crap and I’ll show you why.
So much of the core of AA’s nonsensical approach hinges on Christian beliefs that we are born sinners and that we must be cleansed by admitting our “moral shortcomings” by confessing to God. In the church, the priest acts as an agent of God and in AA that role is fulfilled by your unqualified for anything sponsor (another rant for another day).
If you read my last post, you saw that I quoted passages from a book written by Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen M Higgins; What Nietzsche Really Said, and will do so again here.
“According to Nietzsche, Christianity interprets our natural appetites as dangerous temptations. The body is viewed as a source of sin that must be subdued, … Nietzsche believes that, in addition to encouraging the believer to despise the body’s demands, The Christian worldview encourages the idea that our psychological makeup, which naturally seeks self-assertion and self-enhancement, is pernicious.” (page 90)
So discouraging self-assertion and self-enhancement is clearly a huge part of the AA “program” as is clearly
evidenced by its first 3 steps;
You are powerless and have no capacity to handle or run your own life (Step 1)
You’re insane and only an act of divine providence can save you (Step 2)
You’re weak and are incapable of directing your own life so you need to surrender your will (Step 3)
It’s all about debasement, humbling oneself (to make oneself meek) and guilt. It gets even worse in step 4 which is really all about denying our humanity and turning us into meek little sheep.
“The hostility of Christianity to our physical and psychological natures is evident in the list of sins that it
considers most “deadly”-pride, envy, greed, gluttony, sloth, lust, and anger. These sins are all expressions of natural instincts, presented in their ugliest form. Instead of providing techniques for developing self-control in the expression of these urges, Christian morality urges their obliteration.” (pages 90-91)
AA does the exact same thing and that point is further driven home further down in the passage;
“The upshot of Nietzsche’s analysis is that Christianity encourages self-hatred. If we vilify the essential urges and instincts that underlie our physical and psychic health, we cannot regard ourselves with satisfaction; instead, we feel we should be at war with fundamental components our being and we consider ourselves failures for having human constitutions.”
THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SEX & DRUGS & ROCK N ROLL as long as you don’t become dependent on them. That stuff is HUMAN NATURE.
But no, it is both the Church’s and AA’s position that we are “immoral, filled with character defects, and sins” and that our only “salvation” is possible through COMPLETE renunciation of those things that make us who we are.
OK, just a few quotes from Bill W’s nightmare of a contribution to the written word; Twelve
Steps and Twelve Traditions to prove the above comparisons.
“Our desires for sex, for material and emotional security, and for an important place in society often tyrannize us”. Hello, these are NORMAL and healthy human desires if not taken to extremes and at the expense of other people.
“Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instincts”
WTF! Wanting to get laid, to have money in the bank, to have self-confidence and yes, even to catch the occasional buzz or seek a diversion from the day to day grind-IS NORMAL AND HEALTHY!
“Step Four is our vigorous and painstaking effort to discover what these liabilities in each of us have been and are. We want to find exactly how, when, and where our natural desires have warped us……By discovering what our emotional deformities are, we can move toward their correction”
I’ll tell you what is warped; AA, Bill Wilson and Step 4 is what is WARPED!
Comment as you see fit…….
Peace out Rolf