...take a look at the results normal people are getting from self-sufficiency.
Everywhere we see people filled with anger and fear, society breaking up into warring fragments. Each fragment says to the other, "We are right and you are wrong." Every such pressure group, if it is strong enough, self-righteously imposes its will upon the rest. And everwhere the same thing is being done on an individual basis. The sum of all this mighty effort is less peace and less brotherhood than before. The philosophy of self-sufficiency is not paying off. Plainly enough, it is a bone-crushing juggernaut1 whose final achievement is ruin."
...often the thoughts which seem to come from God are not answers at all. They prove to be well-intentioned unconscious rationalizations. ... With the best of intentions he tends to force his own will into all sorts of situations and problems with the comfortable assurance that he is acting under God's specific direction. Under such an illusion, he can of course create great havoc without in the least intending it.
..out of every season of grief or suffering, when the hand of God seemed heavy, or even unjust, new lessons for living were learned, new resources of courage were uncovered.
Therefore, we who are alcoholics can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. Each of us has had our own near-fatal encounter with the juggernaut1 of self-will, and has suffered enough under its weight to be willing to look for something better.
1. Something, such as a belief or an institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion or to which people are ruthlessly sacrificed.
2. An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path
Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin