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 Tradition One
“Our common welfare should come first; personal
recovery depends upon A.A. unity.”

Without unity, A.A. dies. Individual liberty, yet great unity.
Key to paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience
to spiritual principles. The group must survive or the individual
will not. Common welfare comes first. How best to
live and work together as groups.

Step One
“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that
our lives had become unmanageable.”

Who cares to admit complete defeat? Admission of powerlessness
is the first step in liberation. Relation of humility to sobriety. Mental obsession plus physical allergy.  Why must every A.A. hit bottom?