"Sometimes your brain needs washing"

Bullshit slogan of the day:
“Sometimes your brain needs washing”

The AA faithful have an amazing ability to deny the obvious. Saying an organization is not religious, while teaching written commandments that tell the flock that they must turn their lives over to God, is a good example of this absurdity. I believe that if The Big Book wrote that it never rains, a person could have an argument in a rainstorm with an AAer who is declaring it be sunny and balmy. An AAer will also tell you that AA is not cult, while in the same breath tell you that “there is nothing wrong with brainwashing if your brain needs washing”. This saying is big with the old-timers, and it goes along well with its ugly cousin “you need a check-up from the neck up”.

Update:
This blog was referenced below under “related blogs” titled “What I get out of the twelve steps”. This quote is typical:

“Someone asked me what I get out of the 12 Steps. Well, I get faith, serenity, happiness, friendship, comradery out of the 12 Steps. I know most people will think I am brain washed, but you know what I heard a great line: Sometimes our brains need a good washing. I’ll take positive brain washing to being an active addict any day of theweek.”

  • speedy0314

    from a note i sent isegoria1 on YouTube:

    more fuel for the 'death by spirituality' fire:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18657945

    just the abstract — you'll probably have to pay a fee to read the full study. put it in a vid & some stepper would concoct some irrational argument to undermine its findings. reminds me of "the wookie defense" from south park.

    if the skies parted, a gigantic version of the whiteboy hippie jesus appeared & said in every language at once, "12 step is bullshit!" — you'd still have a small (if problematic) bunch of nutbags rushing to get to a meeting. and share about how 'angry' jesus is & how desperately he needs the program.

    AA is anathema to the notion of individual thought, individual feeling. it's a 'we' thing that carries a whole lot of nasty contingincies with it.

  • Z

    Random thought, elementary but I just realized it: the reason they want you to keep going to more and more meetings is so they can load more and more stuff on you — a lot of accusations, but also a lot of contradictory statements from a lot of angles (you end up looking sort of like St. Sebastian, the one that has all the swords stuck in him, between the accusations and the contradictory statements coming from different angles).

    My impression of being in It is one of being loaded down. Then of course one has to identify and remove each burden, and pull out every sword.