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“Every time I walk into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I’m reminded I’m a liar and a sneak.”

“Every time I walk into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I’m reminded I’m a liar and a sneak.”

These words are written by the AAer who wrote this column in the Reno edition of the News Review [The author of this column commented below to say that he is not, in fact, an AA member. Thank you for the clarification. — eds.]. They are a sad example of what Alcoholics Anonymous does to people. He goes on to write:

I think anyone who walks into an AA meeting and listens with an open mind will walk out feeling like they need to work on this aspect of their personality. There’s a different level of honesty required at these meetings, and even casual visitors can tell by the raw emotion that they’re witnessing an honest-to-higher-power spiritual activity.”

This is an interesting paragraph to examine, because it gives a sneak peak into the mind control tactics used by AA. Let’s take the first sentence:

“I think anyone who walks into an AA meeting and listens with an open mind will walk out feeling like they need to work on this aspect of their personality.”

Being open-minded is considered a good attribute, and most people want to believe that they have an open mind. In fact, the idea of open-mindedness is essential to our advancement in understanding ideas and scientific principles. A new person to AA will be told to “look at it with an open mind”, but what is really meant by this? Continue reading “Every time I walk into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, I’m reminded I’m a liar and a sneak.”