From the March 1988 magazine.

You Mean There's Already a Solution?

As the AA Steps contain the message of recovery, so the AA Traditions contain that of unity. I knew this fact in spirit sometime before my head caught on to it. While still very much a newcomer to the Fellowship, I first became aware of the Traditions while observing the running of meetings. Despite my newcomer's confusion I could sense that the chairman and secretary had little power to get people to do anything--other than their power of persuasion through their own sober example. It soon seemed clear, too, that their only guidelines were the Traditions, which at most meetings hung in...

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Brooklyn, New York