From the April 1952 magazine.

Tradition One

The first of a new series of articles explaining The Twelve Traditions . . . - Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon AA unity.

The magnificent unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come, depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or AA dies. Without unity, the great heart of AA would cease to beat, our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God, his gift to us would be spent aimlessly. Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing AA might have been!"

"Does this mean," some will anxiously ask, "that in AA the individual doesn't count for much? Is he to be dominated by his group and swallowed up in it?"

-- BILL W.

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