Herbert Spencer, Spiritual Experience and Spiritual Awakening

From Appendix 2 of “The Big Book”, the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Willingness, honesty, and open-mindedness are the essentials of recovery […] these are indispensable.


There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can-not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance— that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

—Herbert Spencer