From the May 1970 magazine.

4th Step

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 headed "right" and "wrong."

-- G. N. G.

Queens, New York

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