The perverse wish to hide a bad motive underneath a good one
permeates human affairs from top to bottom. Tis subtle and elusive
kind of self-righteousness can underlie the smallest act or thought.
Learning daily to spot, admit, and correct these flaws is the essence
of character-building and good living.
The deception of others is nearly always rooted in the deception of
Somehow, being alone with God doesn’t seem as embarrassing as facing
up to another person. Until we actually sit down and talk aloud about
what we have so long hidden, our willingness to clean house is still
largely theoretical. When we are honest with another person, it
confirms that we have been honest with ourselves and with God.
1. TWELVE AND TWELVE, PP. 94-95
2. GRAPEVINE, AUGUST 1961
3. TWELVE AND TWELVE, P. 60