Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Original Manuscript Form: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Tradition 5: Each Alcoholics Anonymous group ought to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose — that of carrying its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
* Do I ever cop out by saying, “I’m not a group, so this or that Tradition doesn’t apply to me”?
* Am I willing to explain firmly to a newcomer the limitations of AA help, even if he gets mad at me for not giving him a loan?
* Have I today imposed on any AA member for a special favor or consideration simply because I am a fellow alcoholic?
* Am I willing to twelfth-step the next newcomer without regard to who or what is in it for me?
* Do I help my group in every way I can to fulfill our primary purpose?
* Do I remember that AA old-timers, too, can be alcoholics who still suffer? Do I try both to help them and to learn from them?
Concept V: Throughout our structure, a traditional “Right of Appeal” ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration.
* Do we encourage the minority opinion, the “Right of Appeal”, to be heard at our home group, district committee meetings, area assemblies and the Conference?
* What does our group accept as “substantial unanimity”?
* Has our group experienced the “tyranny of the majority” or the “tyranny of the minority”?
* Does our group understand the importance of all points of view being heard before a vote is taken?