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
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
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