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The 5th Concept - Right of Appeal

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Concept 5 of the Twelve Concepts of World Service reads:

"Throughout our world service structure, a traditional "Right of Appeal" ought to prevail, thus assuring us that majority opinion will be heard and that petitions for the redress of personal grievances will be carefully considered."

Under this concept, all minorities are encouraged to file minority reports whenever they feel a majority to be in considerable error. Even when the minority may be partially or entirely in error, they perform a valuable service by compelling a thourough debate on important issues. They are our chief protection against an uninformed, misinformed, hasty or angry majority

Thoughts:

Do we appreciate the great extent to which AA tries to maintain the dignity of individual members and to safeguard everyone from potential excesses of majority rule? Do we practice that same regard for everyone in AA at our own, personal level?

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