Contempt Prior to InvestigationPosted: March 30, 2011
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.”
I just couldn’t see what I could have in common.
Contempt Prior to Investigation
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.
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