Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions.
A “Fashion and Style” (?) piece in the New York Times challenges that.
I think it largely misses the point. We are to be anonymous at the level of press, radio and films. Not (necessarily) in our meetings, our jobs, our day to day lives.
It must be difficult for famous people to tread this path. The ones who do it will, I think, are those we know about, but they do not come out and say it.
It’s an exercise in humility, for sure, and I guess by default famous people can’t be all that humble. But they also hold huge power to discredit AA and turn people away to actually die who otherwise might recover.
I’m not ashamed, and I’m not hiding. The most important thing I’m not doing, though, is I’m not speaking for AA.