In bureaus of a financial or profit-making nature, individual opinion is sacrificed in favor of efficiency. In bureaus of a spiritual or religious nature, efficiency is sacrificed in favor of individual opinion.
There is a lot of information on the History of NA. There are many ways to view the current structure of NA and the growth of World Services. The best way for these to grow is to have an informed fellowship that uses Group Consciousness to make decisions. A term used for this is "carrying conscience" and this means that our locally elected representatives take the group conscience of our groups and "carry" that vote to higher levels of service, irregardless of their personal feelings on the matter. Some say that if you are not "carrying conscience", you are offering opinion. If based on experience, it is not necessarily bad or wrong; however, one should be aware of what one carries so as to not confuse themselves or others.
I have researched and read information on Early NA, including the history of how and when and why it started and here are a few links to that literature below. I found it interesting enough to present it here for all who might also find it interesting. I make no recommendations, only that you read it.
I have often heard it said that everything I am and know is open to revision
Again, this is fellowship developed literature from convention workshops and ad hoc subcommittees from various areas and NOT WSO approved. (take that for what is it worth and after reading it with an open mind, you might find your perception has changed) \m/(><)\m/
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Just for Today...
Many of us have found that setting aside quiet time for ourselves is helpful in making conscious contact with our Higher Power.