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Saturday Morning Meeting

April 29

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Daily Reflections are copyrighted by AA World Services Inc and are reprinted with permission.


GROUP AUTONOMY

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.


From the book: Daily Reflections

Copyright 1990 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services,Inc.

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