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Title: AA members must live and operate in the unstable hustle and bustle of humanity.
Author: Fraser Trevor
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The Ego/ self was not an ontological entity that had to be overcome. Instead, it was a relic of past metaphysics, a stumbling block...
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The Ego/ self was not an ontological entity that had to be overcome. Instead, it was a relic of past metaphysics, a stumbling block to the intelligent direction of attention and energies. The Ego/self was a convenient language reference to our individual apparatus for processing experience, but was just as much a part of nature, community and the world as the chair in which we might sit. This was not a slight to individuality, creativity or intelligence, simply a new and dynamic canvas on which these human qualities could operate. The self was a creation of the communities in which a person grew, not reducible to social forces, but not separate from them either. Inquiry and action rather than acceptance dominated Deweyan approaches. And in AA where the spiritual life is one of action, the Deweyan approach was always in the wings when the gift from heaven was too slow to come. AA members must live and operate in the unstable hustle and bustle of humanity. Success in the monastery is not AA success, and union with God is insufficient if alcohol continues to play a destructive role in the life of the member. For many a member, sobriety comes from the effort involved in doing the steps rather than the mystic experience that may or may not result and from joining in and allowing his or her character to be reformed by the values of a new and sober community. This is not to deny the power of the mystic process in contributing to a profound and character changing psycho-religious experience or to overcoming dualist constructs that act as a hindrance to intelligent and fulfilling activities, but simply a recognition that a backup plan is worth having, and one taken from the psychology of pragmatism is one the works.
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