Bill Wilson, AA co-founder
“I can see why you are disturbed to hear some A.A. speakers say, `A.A. is a selfish program.’ The word `selfish’ ordinarily implies that one is acquisitive, demanding, and thoughtless of the welfare of others.
Of course, the A.A. way of life does not at all imply such undesirable traits.
“What do these speakers mean?
Well, any theologian will tell you that the salvation of his own soul is the highest vocation that a man can have.
Without salvation — however we may define this — he will have little or nothing.
For us if A.A., there is even more urgency.
“If we cannot or will not achieve sobriety, then we become truly lost, right in the here and now.
We are of no value to anyone,
including ourselves, until we find salvation from alcohol.
Therefore, our own recovery and spiritual growth have to come first– a right and necessary kind of self-concern.”