But back to the meetings. The whole idea that the meetings are completely different and separate from the Steps and the messages contained within, is ridiculous.
First of all, at pretty much any meeting you go to, there is at least one huge poster on the wall of the room with the Steps staring you in the face.
Next, after all of these disempowering introductions have been completed, we have our ritual “readings” that come straight from the AA Bible, The Big Blue book of contradictions and lies.
The first reading is “How it works” and contained within it, is of course, a rehashing of the Steps! (But don’t forget, it’s the meetings not the Steps, two different things----uh huh, keep telling yourself that.)
I know many people have done a wonderful job of dissecting this horrific passage but I’m going to do it again here more or less line for line accept for the steps which I recently proved do nothing to actually address an alcohol dependency. Ok, here goes;
“Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed
Ok, AA itself doesn’t even debate that it fails 19 out of 20 people who enter the rooms. As for not “thoroughly following the path”. Well if you consider that in order to so, that you have declare that you are powerless, surrender your will and agree that you must follow the “program” for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, because there is no exit plan; So if you do all that disempowering crap, then you are an AA success story. By any normal person’s standards, that would qualify as a fail.
“Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not
completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are
constitutionally incapable of being honest with
Oh contraire, my friends. The majority of people who overcome their alcohol dependencies do so without a “program” or fellowship. Those 19 people that leave the rooms? Most of them get better as well because they ARE being honest with themselves and realize that lifetime recovery is crap and a pathetic goal.
“They are such unfortunates. They are not at fault; they seem to be born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty. Their chances are less than average.”
I think this segment is probably the biggest WTF of the whole diatribe, although to be fair, you could make that argument for the entire thing. So besides calling you a born liar, this statement then goes on to tell you that you are helpless and incapable of effecting positive changes in your own life. More powerlessness much? Their chances are ZERO if they buy into this nonsense of non-ending recovery.
“There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest.”
Yup, a lot of people with dependency problems also suffer from underlying issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, PTSD, etc…. For many of those folks the alcohol dependency was a response to those other conditions. So, yeah, trying to address those conditions is probably a good idea but the solutions have nothing to do with surrendering one’s will or declaring oneself as powerless. Quite the opposite actually.
“Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now. If you have decided you want what we have, and are willing to go to any length to get it- then you are ready to take certain steps.
At some of these we balked. We thought we could find an easier, softer way. But we could not. With all the earnestness at your command, we beg of you to be fearless and thorough from the very start. Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely.”
Ok, as far as the stories/drunkalogs go, I’ll address the merits of lack thereof in the next post.
What exactly is it that YOU have? Lifetime recovery, powerlessness and abdication of your very own will. Thanks but no thanks. Yes, in order to get what YOU have we have to submit to “certain steps” that don’t do anything to address a drinking condition but instead instill guilt and perpetuate a belief that we are incapable of turning our own lives around. You see where this is going, don’t you?
I don’t think anyone was ever under the delusion that overcoming our dependencies would be “easy” or “soft”. It’s not complicated but it most definitely is not easy.
“Remember that we deal with alcohol-cunning, baffling, powerful!”
Excuse me?!!! Alcohol is a thing, an inanimate object, it has no such mystical or mythical powers.
Remember how I just said you see where this is going? Well here it is……
“But there is One who has all power-that One is God. May you find him now.”
So all of this to find out that according to the AA Church, the only solution is faith healing and their religion which is then spelled out step by step. After a few more lines about “spiritual progress”, the passage ends with 3 conclusions and definitive statements that pretty much say it all as far as AA’s batshit crazy
(a) That we were alcoholic and could not manage our own lives
This is just a rehashing of Step one and the powerless mantra on which the rest of AA’s crap
(b) That probably no human power could have relieved our alcoholism
Again, more slamming of our individual capabilities and a declaration that only a “higher or non-human power” could enable us to overcome our dependencies.
And then, just in case you have any doubt as to what this non-human power is, you get………
(c) That God could and would if He were sought.
Why didn’t you just say so in the first place!
Nothing you “learn” in the meetings will help you overcome your dependencies, only God can do that if you are a devout little AA sheep and ask.
Next up-----the dreaded Drunkalog
Peace out folks, enjoy the rest of your weekend.