“Harder still to accept was the now proven fact that the conscience of the group, when properly informed of the facts and issues and principles involved, was often wiser than any leader, self-appointed or not. We slowly realized that the old-timer frequently was faulty in judgement. Because of his position of assumed authority, he was too often influenced by personal prejudices and interests. With all his experience and good works, there are still nothing infallible about him at all.
Does this mean that as old-timers our usefulness is over? No. Once we old-timers have surrendered to the Group Conscience we are pleasantly surprised to find that the groups, when in deep difficulty will again turn ot us for the kind of guidance that only our longer experience can give.”
-Living the Twelve Traditions in Today’s World, Mel B and Michael Fitzpatrick, Pg. 28-29.
Here is a talk from David A. on the Twelve Traditions