From the July 2000 magazine.

Your Move

False ideals

 

Readers tell us about their favorite passages in AA literature.

By the age of twenty-six I had all the ingredients of success as defined by our society: money, recognition, and the ability to buy all the trappings; yet I wasn't happy and neither were the people I met who had the same advantages. I drank to reject this society. I remember getting drunk one Thursday afternoon, feeling so superior to all those slobs who went to work to pay the mortgage and raise the kids. I just knew it wouldn't make them happy, so why would they put in such effort? I tried to buy friends with the money I'd been left when I was widowed, but having flawed judgment, I relied on all the wrong people and became a victim once again. There seemed to be no justice in the universe, as having what other people admired gave no peace of mind.

-- Willa R.

Victoria, British Columbia

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