repost: 12 steps in the 21st century

Here’s a quick and instantly digestible read from Mike at dharmaholic that says precisely what I’ve had stirring on a back burner since I stepped through the doors of Club East on March 28, 2010:

It is as comprehensive a course that you could find in 164 pages, providing you don’t want specifics about the disease model, the nutritional needs of an alcoholic, or the medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century.

This very basic reality is a continuing source of — to put it politely — “discussion” in A.A. today. While I could easily tangent over to the tension between hardcore longtimers and those who are a touch more Liberal (capital L intentional) in the approach to recovery, I yield to Mike’s observation that while “…it takes a village to raise a child. A drunken alcoholic is very much like a child that needs the love and care of a village. She is immature in a lot of ways, precocious and hurt in some ways, and defiant like a child can be. Mostly, we are hurt and need care.”

Even better, he refers to “…a new dimension of the fellowship in recovery, that wasn’t conceived of by the founding fathers.” Indeed. Let’s put the struggler first instead of what we simply think is best for them because it worked for some of us. Times change. We change too.

But please don’t take my word for it. I just repost this stuff and encourage you to read it for yourself. Like an adult would.

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I believe chocolate in virtually any configuration is the finest dessert in the history of mankind. I believe my wife is the sexiest woman in the world. I believe modern capitalism will never be replaced by a different -- or better -- form of economics. I believe in clutch hitting in baseball. I believe the Kimber 1911 .45 ACP is the finest handgun ever made in America. I believe the Mossberg Flex 500 pump-action 12 gauge shotgun is the best home defense ever made in America. I believe Tom Waits is the best songwriter of my generation. I believe unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. As CS Lewis once beautifully wrote, I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. I believe that, on balance, Christianity has done more good for humans than bad. I believe it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant, With that being said, I believe there is a profound difference between knowledge and wisdom. I believe if I yell at the TV during a Colts game, they will play better. Finally, I believe I am in long-term recovery from a number of deeply rooted issues that supported and drove the various addictions in my life.