Daily Reflections

April 29


Some may think that we have carried the principle of group autonomy to extremes. For example, in its original "long form," Tradition Four declares; "Any two or three gathered together for sobriety may call themselves an A.A. group, provided that as a group they have no other affiliation."* . . . But this ultra-liberty is not so risky as it looks.

A.A. COMES OF AGE, pp, 104-05

     As an active alcoholic, I abused every liberty that life afforded.  How could A.A. expect me to respect the "ultra-liberty" bestowed by Tradition Four?  Learning respect has become a lifetime job.
     A.A. has made me fully accept the necessity of discipline and that, if I do not assert it from within, then I will pay for it.  This applies to groups too.  Tradition Four points me in a spiritual direction, in spite of my alcoholic inclinations.

* This is a misquote; Bill quoted the Third Tradition, but was referring to Tradition Four.


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