Bullshit slogan of the day:
“Do I want to be happy or be right?”
This saying is a real shutdown for anyone wanting to analyze the rationality of what they see in AA. Obviously, anyone attending AA is there because they want to be happy, but most people arrive fairly ignorant of how the program works. Until a person is fully indoctrinated into the collective thinking of the group, the contradictions and crazy behavior makes them think twice about what they have gotten themselves into. This is when a false dilemma like “do you want to be happy or right” comes in handy. It offers up only one choice, and implies that logic will make them unhappy. Then the recruit is told to “fake it ‘til they make it” because “pain is in the resistance”. It also helps to tell the person they are being angry and resentful. This keeps them on track as they work their way into the group conscience.