“I think that this particular Alcoholics Anonymous General Service Conference (1958) holds promise and has been filled with progress–because it has had trouble. And it has converted that trouble into an asset, into some growth, and into a great promise.
“A.A. was born out of trouble, one of the most serious kinds of trouble that can befall an individual, the trouble attendant upon this dark and fatal malady of alcoholism. Every single one of us approached A.A. in trouble, in impossible trouble, in hopeless trouble. And that is why we came.
“If this Conference was ruffled, if individuals were deeply disturbed–I say, ‘This is fine.” What parliament, what republic, what democracy has not been disturbed? Friction of opposing viewpoints is the very modus operandi on which they proceed. Then what should we be afraid of?”
Bill W. Talk, 1958, in As Bill Sees It. p. 82.