"If you have one hundred people who live together, and if each one cares for the rest, there is One Mind."
Shining Arrows Crow
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are more than one hundred men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics precisely how we have recovered is the main purpose of this book.
Big Book-Foreword to the First Edition-pg. xiii
Ours is not the usual success story; rather it is the story of how, under God's grace, an unsuspected strength has arisen out of great weakness; of how, under threats of disunity and collapse, worldwide unity and brotherhood have been forged. In the course of this experience we have evolved a set of traditional principals by which we live and work together and relate ourselves as a fellowship to the world around us. These principals are called the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. They represent the distilled experience of our past, and we rely on them to carry us in unity through the challenges and dangers which the future may bring.
AA Comes of Age pg. 79
Grandfather, Grandmother show us the one mind.