That's enough to convince me -- that,
Humans must have created a lot of problems --
And, they needed a Power Greater than themselves
to solve their problems --
So -- they created religion.
Then, some other Humans created alcohol,
and ... Humans saw that it was Good --
so they said "Let's drink it!"
Some of the humans that drank it --
Liked it too much!!!
So, they drank a lot of it!
Those humans that liked alcohol too much created alcoholism.
And, now they had a problem!!!
The humans who didn't want to be identified with those
who had the problem --
decided to call them "drunks!"
and, they treated them like "drunks!"
When the drunks started causing too many problems
the Humans figured that they could use their "religion" on the drunks
and it would cure them!
The only problem was --
their religion wasn't fixing all the drunks --
It would fix some of the drunks -- but, not all of the drunks!
So, they tried all the religions combined --
All of them!!!!
They figured -- surely -- some outfit out there
has a religion that will fix all drunks!!!!
Then the humans discovered -- that they had drunks in every single one of their religions!!!
And, they also discovered -- that there must be two kinds of drunks.
There were some drunks -- that got cured with their religions. And, there was a peculiar class of drunk that wouldn't respond to their religions. So, the other class of drunks eventually became known as "alcoholics."
And, since the religions, and the doctors -- and all the other professionals combined -- couldn't fix the drunks in the "alcoholic" class of drunk -- it was decided that those particular drunks were just plain outright hopeless!
So -- after a few thousand years -- of all the religions trying to fix the drunks -- the doctors figured they would give it a try. And, the doctors tried for a few thousand years.
And, the doctors couldn't produce any better results than the religions! They, too, discovered "well we can cure some of the drunks, but there seems to be this unusual kind of drunk -- that we just can't seem to get through with those! So -- now, we'll call those hopeless drunks! And, the doctors eventually began to call that class of drunk that they couldn't cure -- "alcoholics."
Humans had tried everything to cure the alcoholics.
They tried all the religions that they had created -- and that didn't work on alcoholics. And, then the humans tried the doctors that they had created -- and, that didn't work either
So, they gave up -- and decided that the best solution that the humans had to offer was to just "lock up the alcoholics and watch them go mad" because surely -- if they set them free -- they would drink themselves to death.
So the bottomline is this:
it doesn't matter which came first -- alcoholism or religion. The fact is -- that even to this day -- many thousands of years later -- even including all the modern religions -- religion has not been able to fix the alcoholism problem
Ever so many years -- we do hear some impressive news from the doctors -- who have finally come up with a new cure -- for alcoholics -- and, they discover -- eventually -- that either their cure didn't work -- or it didn't work on all of the alcoholics -- because invariably -- the alcoholics started drinking again! And, we know what happens to alcoholics who start drinking again!!!
Maybe -- someday -- religion will come up with a new cure. Ever so often, we hear of some alcoholics who got cured through another round of religion -- unfortunately, and invariable -- after time -- the alcoholic starts drinking again!
I've read -- that some of the religions found out about this thing called "Alcoholics Anonymous" -- and some of the doctors found out about A.A., too!
They decided -- that if that outfit over there that was created by some hopeless drunks -- with a solution that seemed to be fixing those in the "alcoholic class" of drunks -- maybe we can learn something from them -- and come up with a cure of our own!
I hope they eventually do that! I feel proud, as a sober and sane member of A.A. -- that we might be able to show all the religions and doctors how to come up with a cure for their prospects -- and, we don't mind if they announce it as a "Private Label" solution!!! As long as it helps drunks -- I'll be glad to help them find a solution, too!!!
And, until the religions and the doctors come up with a cure that works for long-term sobriety for the hopeless brand of alcoholic -- they are most welcome to do what the courts do -- and "Send them to A.A.!!!"
And -- for the drunks that will respond to a religious approach for their cure -- I wish that they would go help the folks in religions -- and make room in A.A. for newcomers that religion won't work for.
And, -- for the drunks that will respond through doctors and medication as an approach for their cure -- I wish they would go help the doctors and medicine -- and make room in A.A. for the newcomers that doctors and medicine won't work for.
That's how I see it.