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Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 25, 2014 at 3:09pm

Hi Suus in Mokkum, here are "The Twelve Steps of MailArtists Annonymous" (MAA):

Please note that he relative success of the MAA program seems to be due to the fact that a Mail Artist who no longer mail artss has an exceptional faculty for "reaching" and helping an uncontrolled mail artist.

In simplest form, the MAA program operates when a recovered mail artist passes along the story of his or her own problem mail arting, describes the inner peace he or she has found in MAA, and invites the newcomer to join the informal Fellowship of IUOMA.

The heart of the suggested program of personal recovery is contained in Twelve Steps describing the experience of the earliest members of the Society:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over mail art - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to mail artists and to practice these principles in all our affairs
Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 25, 2014 at 8:17am

@ Valentine: I think it a pleasureful addiction, and the Man prooves it: he doesn't look unhappy or sad, don't you think so?!

 

@ Suus in Mokum: great! Also I am addicted to Mail Art (since 2009). The craving is sometimes very hard, especially at those moments that there is no time nor stuff to fulfill the addiction, but after all it is the best addiction I have ever had! (Finding alibis and justify the bad is also a symptom of addictions, as non-addictive might notice.) 

Comment by Suus in Mokum on July 25, 2014 at 7:42am
Hello, my name is Suus in Mokum (now you all say 'Hi Suus in Mokum...') and I am addicted to Mail Art since...
Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on July 25, 2014 at 5:51am

I can't deny that;

Perhaps you should start a 'Free the Mail Man from his Chains' movement............?

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on July 25, 2014 at 12:31am

The sign Josh posted yesterday indeed seems meaningless, but the sign above, ouch!...

 

Suus, you know, the question 'why' in this situation is a sign of denial. Denial is one of the early symptoms of addiction. Addiction of course is dangerous :-)

 

Comment by Josh Ronsen on July 23, 2014 at 8:23pm

And then there is this...

Comment by Richard Canard on July 23, 2014 at 5:23pm

23.07.14 Dare  DeVillo S.,  uh...The biography of Ray Johnson... I've always found it to be addictive (Valentine Mark H. always insightful)  & demanding in terms of time, initiative, energy & even petty cash...making postcards at 2 or 3 in the morning...two ex-wives that were always complaining about it.  & a storage unit in another state full of magazines, papers, defunct art supplies, & old mail...the closets & hallways here full of the same...(but of course, moderation, self-discipline & one's own mental heath are always to be considered a valid issues). I suspect Josh R. has his own reasons & knows what he is saying.  Best to you. Richard Canard   

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 23, 2014 at 4:40pm

Actually, I do know. But we don't want to cause panic in the unsuspecting "At Risk" general population. It's all smiley faces & kittens, right?

Monk Mink Pink Punk 10 does sound cool.

Comment by Josh Ronsen on July 23, 2014 at 4:24pm

OMG, if you don't know, send me your postal address ASAP and I will rush off a copy of "Monk Mink Pink Punk 10 -- Mail Art: Know the Dangers!" It's a $7.99 value, but the CDC has provided funds to cover certain "At Risk" populations.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 23, 2014 at 2:59pm

Richard Canard sent me a postcard that said: "Mail-art, by design, will destroy your life." I have always puzzled over that, as I puzzle over this piece by Josh.

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