The prideful righteousness of “good people” may often be just as destructive as the glaring sins of those who are supposedly not so good.
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We loved to shout the damaging fact that millions of the “good men of religion” were still killing one another off in the name of God. This all meant, of course, that we had substituted negative for positive thinking.
After we came to A.A., we had to recognize that this trait had been an ego-feeding proposition. In belaboring the sins of some religious people, we could feel superior to all of them. Moreover, we could avoid looking at some of our own shortcomings.
Self-righteousness, the very thing that we had contemptuously condemned in others, was our own besetting evil. This phony form of respectability was our undoing, so far as faith was concerned. But finally, driven to A.A., we learned better.
~ 1. GRAPEVINE, AUGUST 1961 ~
~ 2. TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 30 ~