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From the books  ...  Alcoholics Anonymous (Big Book) and Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (12 & 12)


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View TRADITION ONE essay   ... paradox.  12&12 Tradition One, p.130  
Those who look closely soon have the key to this strange paradox.


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View CONTENTS   ... paradox: each A.A.'s life depends on obedience ...  12&12 Contents (Tradition One), p.9  
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.


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View TRADITION FIVE essay   ... paradox of A.A. that we know we ...  12&12 Tradition Five, p.151  
It is the great paradox of A.A. that we know we can seldom keep the precious gift of sobriety unless we give it away.


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View STEP TWELVE essay   ... paradox of this kind of giving he ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.109  
And then he discovers that by the divine paradox of this kind of giving he has found his own reward, whether his brother has yet received anything or not.


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View STEP TWELVE essay   ... paradox: We found that we were totally ...  12&12 Step Twelve, p.107  
Step One showed us an amazing paradox: We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it.


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