From the February 1953 magazine.

Anonymous Means Victorious

WE all recognize the practical reasons for anonymity. The new member, filled with all the fears of the alcoholic, may take heart that his veil of anonymity will be respected.

But there is too, the spiritual significance of this tradition, the placing of principles above personalities. We are all anonymous individuals having as our ultimate authority a loving God as each of us understands him. There is really little difference between us when we consider that we are all alcoholics, dependent upon the same power for our recovery. A member's economic or social background is not important in AA as he becomes a fellow-member and a friend.

-- Anon.

St. Rose de Laval, Quebec, Canada

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