From the January 1948 magazine.

7. Freedom from despair.

The New Way of Life is a life of freedom. The alcoholic seldom realizes what a slave he is. Temporary confinement in jails, hospitals and rest homes are the least important of the curtailments of his freedom. He is a slave not only to drink but to his defectives self as well. The New Way of Life gives back to the A.A. member his freedom if he follows it faithfully. Having lost his freedom, he can now properly appreciate it. What freedom does he gain or regain?

1. Freedom from hate.

The alcoholic usually becomes a bundle of resentments. Through the New Way of Life, he comes to understand that his fellow man is beset with difficulties, too. He learns human sympathy and tolerance. He comes to realize that it is the lot of our common humanity to be weak, that this frailty calls for help, not hatred. He learns that it is more fun to create than to destroy. He learns that many of his resentments were inspired by the unworthy motive of debasing others to his own unenviable level.

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