From the April 1948 magazine.

12th Step Obligations

In the light of our first inventory we all made some unpleasant discoveries.

A great many of us came to A.A. practically without hope, overwhelmed by a feeling of internal inadequacy to meet external strains. We had never been deeply and strongly organized within. We had not the moral or spiritual backlog to provide us with an inner strength against the gradually worsening situation. And we did not know where or how to find that inner strength.

Something like intellectual and moral paralysis had set in. And we found, after the smoke had cleared somewhat, that we had not been...

-- H.W.

Indianapolis, Indiana