From the June 2013 magazine.

June 2013: Bedtime story

With a bottle in his hand, a newcomer finds Step Two on a bedroom floor

So many alcoholics come into AA as atheists or agnostics. The idea of some universal boss moving the stars around, controlling the climate and men’s fortunes, is abhorrent to the intellectual. Downright primitive in fact. Like something out of a long gone ignorant era when men believed earthquakes and hurricanes were signs of the gods’ anger with mankind.

I was just like that when I first came around. In fact, I’m embarrassed to say, I thought perhaps I might be the one to take AA out of the 19th century and make it attractive to intelligent alcoholics like me. Little did I know that from the very beginning of its history, compulsive over-thinkers have been coming along on a regular basis offering their “original” idea for improving the program. The guy called “Ed” in the “Twelve and Twelve’s” Third Tradition chapter fought the God idea even before the Big Book was written. And Bill W. himself, when Ebby came to call on him, said, “My gin would last longer than his preaching.”

-- Doug R.

Tujunga, California

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