Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
THE IDEA of "morals" scared hell out of me for years--the years before my drinking became unmanageable, then the alcoholic years, and even the first three or four years after I had found the shelter of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Nothing could dull the edge of what I realize now was simply cold fear. I was frightened at the very mention of "morality," because it posed too big a problem for me--big because it was simple. If I accepted the challenge that the consideration of morality hurled at me, I would have to begin dividing my life--and the things I did every day--into two long columns...
-- G. N. G.
Queens, New York