I have spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about the Four Absolutes. They were part of the earliest AA program, before the big book and steps. They were still around enough for me to hear about (from an old guy) when I was sober a year or two. It sounded at the time like it was far too difficult to strive for
- absolute honesty
- absolute purity
- absolute unselfishness
- absolute love.
At this point I love the concept of "absolutes." Not relatives. Not kind of. Not "it's all good!" But real and firm absolutes.
I am no AA historian, and I have never mistaken AA for an academic exercise, but I have learned about AA and I do like to think. And I think if I measured my days by these absolutes, my behavior might start to live up to them. (A simple google search will net you tons of information about "the Four Absolutes" if you are interested.)
I better get behavin' into this day. It is going to be a long one.