Contempt Prior to Investigation


When I first came to AA I went into the meeting room and I thought, “I dont have any thing in common with these people.”

Every one was so happy and I felt so bad!

I just couldn’t see what I could have in common.

Contempt Prior to Investigation

This principle can be applied to everything from the most mundane to the most serious of issues.

This quote appeared in the AA big book in the first edition as a header for a story entitled “An Artist’s Case”.

The story was later omitted, but the quote stayed.

It is a wonderful reminder to not take anyone’s word for things just because they say so or otherwise.

To me this says, “Do not judge a book by its cover.”
Why is it that most people have preconceived ideas about almost everything they do not have prior experience with?

A closed mind is an impediment to learning, self-improvement or actualization.

If only closed mouths came with closed minds.

There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – the principle is “contempt prior to investigation.” – Herbert Spencer

Please Judge

Roky Erikson



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