A man came to the meeting drunk, interrupted the speakers,
stood up and took his shirt off, staggered loudly back and
forth for coffee, demanded to talk, and eventually called
the group's secretary an unquotable name and walked out. I
was glad he was there--once again I saw what I had been like.
But I also saw what I still am, and what I still could be.
I don't have to be drunk to want to be the exception and the
center of attention. I have often felt abused and responded
abusively when I was simply being treated as a garden variety
human being. The more the man tried to insist he was different,
the more I realized that he and I were exactly alike.