October 2013: Like a Rock
Reprint from Grapevine, September, 1948. Formerly titled: "On the 10th Tradition"
An early reminder by our co-founder to avoid controversy and preserve our unity
TRADITION TEN: Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
To most of us, Alcoholics Anonymous has become as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. We like to believe that it will soon be as well-known and just as enduring as that historic landmark. We enjoy this pleasant conviction because nothing has yet occurred to disturb it; we reason that we must hang together or die. Hence we take for granted our continued unity as a movement.
But should we? Though God has bestowed upon us great favors, and...
-- Bill W.