A Different Selfishness
The welfare of others began to mean more to him than his own problems
WHAT A SURPRISING and upsetting thing it seemed when I first heard it said that AA is a selfish program. Its meaning took a while to sink in: that I was the only one who could get sober for me, and in that sense, my recovery would necessarily be selfish.
What I was seeing in those church basements where AAs met was very different from selfishness as I was used to it. I had known many selfish persons--greedy, grasping, demanding. The world revolved around them, so they thought. They were boring; they were dreary. It was to come as quite a shock when I would realize that the foregoing...
-- W. H.
Manhattan, New York