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.

One thought on “Anonymity

  1. I for one have no problem with telling someone that I am an AA. What I have a problem with is someone else announcing that I am. To break my anonymity is your own personal choice, not someone elses. I don’t stand on the street corner with a sign, but if a conversation takes that turn, I’m going to take it, if I feel it is of benefit to another. I’m certainly not ashamed of it, I’m a much better person now than I probably would have been, had I not had the 12 steps and all the enlightenment that has brought me and the loved ones around me. And for that I am greatful.

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