From the November 1974 magazine.

You Have a Stake in the Future of AA

The Twelve Traditions were "hammered out on the anvil of experience" and presented to our Fellowship for the first time through the pages of the Grapevine - Here, the Grapevine's first editor urges us to know our Traditions well--for our own survival and

IF AA WERE to be defined in the vernacular, it might be called a blend of principle and practice which packs a terrific kick, but causes no hangovers, because it has been distilled from the essence of experience.

The great majority of us--in fact, all except two--who have gained sobriety through AA are the beneficiaries of the experience of those who preceded. Paradoxically, we also continue to benefit from the experience of those who came in with us and those who have followed. One of the chief reasons why AA works is undoubtedly the fact that it offers a minimum of theory and a maximum of very practical experience, and that every member can share in a free flow of the experience throughout the movement.

-- T. D. Y.

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