Thursday, March 28, 2013

Traditional Ten

"Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never to be drawn into public controversy." NEVER since it began has Alcoholics Anonymous been divided by a major controversial issue. Nor has our Fellowship ever publicly taken sides on any question in an embattled world. This, however, has been no earned virtue. It could almost be said that we were born with it, for, as one old-timer recently declared, "Practically never have I heard a heated religious, political, or reform argument among A.A. members. So long as we don't argue these matters privately, it's a cinch we never shall publicly." As by some deep instinct, we A.A.'s have known from the very beginning that we must never, no matter what the provocation, publicly take sides in any fight, even a worthy one.- from the chapter on tradition ten from the AA Twelve and Twelve 

As opinionated as alcoholics can be at times there has been tremendous respect for this tradition. It is imperative that we stick to our side of the street when it comes to giving our opinions on a public level. When we first got sober by going through a alcohol and drug rehab, AA, or Above It All many of us were filled with thoughts and ideas that often flooded us but as time went on we realized we needed to focus on important things like the fact that we have been so blessed to have received alcohol addiction detox and recover from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. We learn how to find a happy medium between feeling like we have a voice and being sure that we are not affecting AA as a whole with our opinions.

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