It’s very interesting how some people interpret “attraction rather than promotion” when someone makes an announcement at a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting.

According to our 11th Tradition, “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, and TV.”

service_announcementNotice that our very own SA Essay newsletter states that “opinions expressed are not to be attributed to SA as a whole, nor does publication of any article imply endorsement by SA”.

Thus, this also relates to “SAICO Conference Approved” literature, another controversial subject and often misunderstood.

It’s been my experience that some people get this mixed up with propaganda.  The definition means information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.

gay_propagandaThis interpretation sounds a lot like listening to the political debates in our country.  A lot of candidates say they will not engage in negative campaigns but do it anyway.  Consequently, there is a lot of rhetoric and false promises.  The definition of rhetoric (in writing or speech) is the undue use of exaggeration or display; bombast.

Meanwhile, in my opinion I think that what is really at the heart of most of these controversies is EGO (easing god out).  For example, using the political debates again as an example, how often do you hear candidates complain that so and so got more air time? Thus, they are essentially complaining about unfair treatment or favoritism.

Sure, it is generally obvious to the entire world when folks are grandstanding and showing off.  By definition, this is to conduct oneself or perform showily or ostentatiously in an attempt to impress onlookers.  So, if you find yourself talking a lot, perhaps you should read this article, click here.