So yes, I realize that some people hate me, especially some of the knuckleheads in AA. It doesn’t stop me or even bother me (given the people who saved me were the ones who told me what I didn’t want to hear), but let’s have a little counter reason/rant just for some fun. The latest nonsense I heard was when a friend of mine mentioned ‘the privileged addict’ to someone at a meeting near Boston and he said something like, “I hate that guy! He stole the Twelve Steps! He profits off recovery! He sells his stupid book! He makes money!”
For the occasional imbecile who doesn’t read or think too much, most writers make nothing, despite the hundreds and hundreds of hours of painstaking work they engage in to think, write and edit a manuscript. For The Privileged Addict, I also spent months trying to collect actual police reports, hospital records and so forth to authenticate my experience, especially given both the saturation and the fraud in the addiction memoir market. So don’t worry, brother, the book didn’t just appear out of thin air. I actually had to spend a few minutes doing something.
Anyway, most decent people admire those who have the passion, the courage, the talent and the willingness to sacrifice and open themselves in an effort to share something valuable with the world. But, needless to say, it is typical for a braindead alcoholic to have no gratitude, to have envy, and to have nothing to offer themselves. Those who are self-loathing failures are those who rip apart the abilities and the success of others. However, the dim and the boring have their story too, and so if some must fail to see that this is nothing but community service, let me reassure them that this free blog contains over 500 posts, including huge portions of all three books, and cover everything I have learned from my experience.
Finally, I haven’t stolen anything. I don’t even know what that means. The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m actually trying to help point people towards the Big Book and the Twelve Step program of spiritual action contained within. Nobody is stealing anything, so relax. He reminds me of the dude who became enraged and foamed at the mouth when I began reading the Big Book in my old Brookline Chp. 2 meeting. The question you should be asking yourself is, what are you doing besides whining, moaning and complaining? What are you doing to help? And where is your family in all of this sober bitterness and anger that you take to your meetings?
Oh, and what’s up with the marxist brainwashing? Do you have something against a guy using his brain to make money to support his family? Do you want to come by and redistribute the stuff in my garage? Let’s not forget that envy, my friend, i.e. wanting or taking someone else’s money, is no different than any other kind of discrimination. It is immoral and violates the Ten Commandments (Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods), but hey, come by if you want. I’m sure we can find you a nice little pile of free stuff 🙂
Welcome to Offended America, folks. Bye bye free speech and the rest of the Bill of Rights.
The bottom line is that socialism actually hurts the poor and the younger generations. If you want to lift people out of poverty, you need more personal freedom (not less), more economic freedom (not less), and more skills training. That is just an historical fact. Both the left and the right Washington establishment (morally and financially corrupt career politicians) are utterly destroying the country. As town, cities, roads, rails, bridges, manufacturing, small business and the middle class crumble, as America devolves into a socialist 3rd world banana republic, they are riding the gravy train through cronyism (corporatism, not capitalism which is the solution), lies, debt and a business model of war. Trust me, it’s not the rich, it is the Godless cesspool of Congress and the White House.
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