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I have recovered from the disease of Alcoholism. I believe there is only one person really,.. everybody. And that peace of mind is everything. -So treat your neighbor as you would treat yourself, because your neighbor IS yourself. I think most of recovery is what I would call common sense, but that learning to be ordinary is a true gift very few people acquire. My ambition is to accept everything unflinchingly, with compassion, and therefore be intrinsically comfortable in my own skin, no matter what. I am comfortable being uncomfortable and am willing to go to any lengths to improve my life. I believe the Big Book was divinely inspired, and is extraordinarily powerful. Unfortunately AA's best kept secret a lot of the time. (In my opinion). I just try to do what works, no matter what it is.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

observational comedy on Spiritual Pride

AA Destroying The Social Lives Of Thousands Of Once-Fun Americans

This video does not seem to want to upload properly. Oh well You will just have to click on the link instead. It is from the Onion.
I am not endorsing the end result of this comedy sketch, but I LOVE its very accurate portrayal of taking oneself far !!! too seriously and the trap of Spiritual Pride, where you can end up feeling smug, self satisfied or slightly (!) superior to drinkers or other AA's with less recovery. Or anyone really..
When the first 100 members said 'We absolutely insist on enjoying life' they had a point. :)
Anyway, I could not resist sharing this as I thought was very funny and exposes the trap we can all fall into of thinking that we are more 'worthy' or ? something compared to other people because we have had a spiritual awakening.. Meaning we use the process of recovery as an 'ego-feeding-proposition' in itself. Reinforcing narcissism, self importance, self obsession and self centredness. My experience has taught me that much of what AA brings about is a series of very ego puncturing admissions, one after ! another. When however I feel as though I am moving toward an ego massaging proposition, I instinctively feel I am moving away from recovery. I simply do not trust that movement. I prefer ego puncturing. This allows me the freedom not to be serious all the time, or be 'earnest' like I mentioned in the previous post.
Anyway.. Have a great (sanctimonious-free, smug-free and pious-free) Thursday :)


Anonymous said...

Haha! I'm not in AA so I can't speak personally to the subject, but I think it's important for everyone to maintain some humility. And insisting on enjoying life, well, that's always good too.

Wishing you well,

Anonymous said...

Alcohol is everywhere it is my attitude towards it that is most important - just because I am now sober doesn't mean alcohol needs to be removed from being served or sold. I have come to realise that having fun for me is not dependant on alcohol. Music gives me a natural high - today I have lots of fun and live life to the fullest - I was told early in the piece to take the illness of alcoholism very seriously but not myself lol

Syd said...

I think that AA'ers seem to definitely have more fun than most Al-Anons. We are a serious lot by and large, but I like to do the meetings after the meetings and the luncheons, etc. I try not to take myself too seriously!

Mary LA said...

I thought this hilarious but with a chilling undertone somewhere too.
Learning to laugh at ourselves is cory to recovery.

twodogsblogging said...

Rule 62! This is a gas.

Texaco said...

oh my god that was funny. i can't wait to show it to my sponsor!

C said...

Can't wait to share this with my fellow smug, sanctimonious, self-satisfied AA friends. Thank your for this delightful little discovery!.