Wynn Laws Aa

Well said, Bob. In my reading of Bill during my recovery, I am encouraged and emboldened by his human weaknesses. When I read some of his less-than-noble qualities and attributes—the reality of his humanity—it comforts me as I continue to struggle with mine and perhaps make progress, but never perfection. He remains for me a strong example of an alcoholic drug addict who continues to recover despite his remarkable character flaws. Caught under this magnifying glass, Thomsen was a co-conspirator in the “Code of Silence” and could only include a small reference to sexual matters. “. Fitz, Hank and Bill were three men in excellent health. Men who wanted to live their lives passionately. (Bill W., Robert Thomsen, S. 226) One of the ironies and a delightful fragment of A.A. anecdotes is that by the time the Big Book was written, one of the Wilsons had been published, and it wasn`t Bill.

Lois had published one or two articles on decoration in a national magazine. Wynn and Jack P. of Los Angeles began more than 80 meetings in hospitals, jails, and prisons in Southern California from about 1947 to 1950. Jack P. reports that during this time, they were widely criticized by other members of the community who thought it was not something A.A. should do. Sexual fidelity doesn`t seem to be something Bill Wilson was capable of. The time is just before 4 o`clock in the afternoon.

My mother picked me up from St. Dominic`s Elementary School. We stopped at the Safeway to shop, and I walked down the aisles, so she knocked the living down— out of me. I stand in the backyard and hold my skirt so it can easily access my legs. She squats in front of me, pulls out one switch after another a comfortable hedge and uses them until they break. “I can resist anything but temptation.” – Oscar Wilde As she told herself, she thought the clear and easy solution was to marry money. She was beautiful, and she did. This marriage did not work; Who could have said why? In his argument, Wynn attributed it to being resentful, an alcoholic from start to finish. In her long conversations with me, she said this guy was an idiot, not worth knowing that when she talked to him, she felt more alone than when she was alone. “Oh man, I don`t think so.

I don`t think I could do that,” I said as I hung up. Invoice. could never be the man his followers wanted him to be, or his wife wanted him to be—or even, most of the time, the man he wanted to be. He tried to discourage the idea that he was a leader or some kind of model for human behavior. He fought against the idea of himself as a hero; He knew better. He never considered himself a role model. He insisted again and again that he was just an ordinary man. “We all have sexual problems. We would hardly be human if we didn`t.

(BB, p. 69) Ideally, sex in A.A. can be treated like any other problem, but it is clear that “sex for Wilson is not just any other problem.” (Raphael, pp. 127-128) In 1964, shortly after the assassination, Arthur Crock, the great conservative columnist for the New York Times, wrote of President John F. Kennedy: “The truth explains what the myth of the assembly obscures – that he was amiable and admirably human.” “I`m going to work part-time,” I said. “I plan to go to university.” He sat bent with his hands limp between his knees. “It costs money.” His description of a Clinton-St. in the 1930s was particularly encouraging for unbelieving A.A. members decades later. Helen Wynn received ten percent of Wilson`s book licenses. This was both in his will and in an agreement with GSO.

I needed clothes. She bought me a fake green and black satin cocktail dress with a plunging neckline. I was in my last year. We needed flat Capezio shoes, long grey wool skirts, starched white blouses, cashmere sweaters. Wynn bought me acrylic sweaters with glitter on them. I was in the same situation I had been in with my mother. I used to go to school with a straight skirt and blouse, go to school, make a friend and change to a better version of a straight skirt and blouse. Now I had a large collection of puffy viscose skirts and clear nylon blouses with beads on the collar. I wore one of these outfits to school, found a nice boyfriend, put on a straight skirt and blouse, lived the day, put my green and yellow nylon clothes back on, and took the bus home.

Thanks for the point, Bob K. They presented additional evidence that Bill Wilson`s lack of self-confidence permeated his Big Book and his writings 12 & 12, ultimately making him suspicious of others and greatly influencing his behavior, even when he was dry from alcohol. This seems to be the origin of the “sermon” and shameful language. The parody here is that the official title of the Big Book is “Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How Many Thousands of Men and Women Recovered from Alcoholism,” suggesting that The Big Book was written by and/or about a merger of A.A. hits. As far as I can see, the whole book is Bill`s story. One man`s experience makes a grand narrative, not a longitudinal study, or a sacred text. Therefore, for me, it cannot be a comprehensive manual for recovering from alcoholism. That`s just my opinion, of course. I could be wrong. Bill`s personal mistakes are not a problem for me.

What worries me much more is that he has established a structure based on crypto-Christian principles, and that so many AAers treat his dogma as divinely revealed truth. This has led to an anti-intellectual bias in our community that ignores or denounces any questioning of “principles.” We spit out nostrums based on beliefs supported only by anecdotal evidence. I found an example of this a few days ago over coffee after the meeting. A guy at the table with a lot of time in A.A. talked about what keeps people sober – regular attendance at meetings, sponsorship, service work, work on steps. All of this is based solely on personal observations that are no more valid than mine over the decades. The only common characteristic I`ve seen in those who stay sober is that they don`t drink. Wynn L`s story “Freedom From Bondage” appears in the following pages of the Big Book (pp. 553, 2nd and 544 in the 3rd edition). Wynn joined AA in California in 1947 at the age of thirty-three.

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