From the November 1947 magazine.


On the Value of Tradition

Mutual experience is the common ground on which A.A.s meet individually and upon which A.A. has been built collectively.

As written in the pamphlet, "Alcoholics Anonymous Tradition; Twelve Points to Assure Our Future," A.A. was not invented by anyone--it grew. "Trial and error has produced a rich experience. Little by little we have been adopting the lessons of that experience first as policy and then as tradition. That process still goes on and we hope it never stops. Should we ever harden too much, the letter might crush the spirit. We could victimize ourselves by petty rules and prohibitions; we could imagine that we had said the last word. We might even be asking alcoholics to accept our rigid ideas or stay away. . . ."

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