I wanted to comment on this too.
The way I see it, I'm an alcoholic. As such, I really believe that alkies are the preeminent "deal-makers". That's because some of us have our backs against the wall so many times, we've developed that particular talent to "wheel and deal" or "weasel" out of some of those tight spots. You know what I mean - lets compromise now and somehow lessen the consequences.
Well I think that gets carried over into sobriety because it became such a "well-used" asset and way to handle problems. So for me its pretty undertstandable that I look at these 12 steps and try to find an easier softer way with them - like maybe I can get away with only doing 3 steps or 5 steps or 8 steps. Like the real alcoholic I was while drinking, I'm looking "at the angles" trying to find a shortcut. Trying to find a "softer easier way".
I think that's just what the writers meant. What I get out of that saying is "THIS IS IT! IT DON'T GET EASIER SO STOP TRYING TO FIND AN EASIER WAY OUT." That Bill W. fellow was just like me and I can see and hear the "weasel" in him. I mean look at Bill W. He's the only guy who gets "his story" published up front - I mean the first chapter! Everyone else's story including Dr. Bob gets their story in AFTER the "basic text" of 164 pages. But Bill W., not so, he "wheeled and dealed" and somehow got over. But God bless him - like I said, I understand right where he's coming from.
For this alcohlic, that's where it has to get back to what Dallas said about doing what I don't want to do and not doing what I want to do. I have to give up the "weasel" within. And God only knows I can only do that one day at a time.
Those words in "How it works" aren't just cheap little decorations to make the book sell. By god, I believe with all my heart that those first 100 alcoholics not only tried, but tried their hardest to find an easier softer way than these 12 steps and the book's 164 pages. When they say they tried but could not find an easier softer way, by golly it weren't for not trying - I tell you what! They knew us before we were even born and told our stories and figured out exactly how we'd try to weasel around something that is already easy, and try to find an easier way.
God bless those fellows - they knew me all too well!