From the November 1951 magazine.


Twelve. . .Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities.

THIS is unquestionably the one great tradition of AA. It is the silent guardian of our quality of purpose. . .and the true measure of our dedication to service. It permeates everything AA does, everything AA is. Future historians may judge us not by the number of drunks sobered up but as people who earnestly tried to make selflessness a part of everyday living in a material and cynical world.

Anonymity, we are finding, has many facets. And many contradictions. Total anonymity, for instance, is impossible. If each of us, individually, were to achieve absolute anonymity there could be no communication even between ourselves; AA could have neither life nor personality; AA, indeed, could not exist!

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