I reckon Bill could've just used the word 'self centredness', since I think selfishness is a manifestation of self centredness (just as all other character defects are). But it's amazing, the more I discover, how true this statement actually is and the whole program appears to be an antidote, geared up to combating this very human aspect of ourselves.Selfishness-self centredness! That, we think is the root of our troubles.
And another reason why I like it is because when I first read it, I seriously disagreed with it. I thought drinking, my ex wife, lack of money and the rubbish set of cards I'd been dealt were the roots of my REAL problems; so to do a 180 degree U-turn on this old thinking is quite a profound change of mind, for myself.
(I still suffer from selfishness and self centredness mind; just not as much as I used to; but it's still very much there and I'm a 'works in progress' as they say in A.A. )
So, what's your favourite part of the Big Book - if you have one - and why?