Our Primary Purpose
“Remember Bill, let’s not louse this thing up. Let’s keep it simple” Dr Bobs final words to Bill W.
Back in the day some remarkable things happened. Well before Obama or Luther King, a black man found himself so accepted within an AA group that he had looked in the mirror to check he was still black! At a time when catholics and protestants were prone to call each other abominable heretics or of the antichrist, clergy were openly praising, and praying for each other, and medicine and religion had found a common ground as "friends of AA". Naturally, being alcoholic and as subject to childish delusions of grandeur as to morbid self pity and depression as the space bunnies that we are, Bill started to believe that AA was the spearhead of a massive spiritual revolution and would reform the world.
Fortunately, he had a moment of clarity and deduced what had happened to a group called the Washingtonians, who had departed from their primary purpose in staying focused in helping alcoholics before their quick demise, could happen to AA. He reflected that humility and anonymity was the best way forward.
Sean S., Road to Recovery Group, Plymouth