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Grapevine : April 2011
aagrapevine.org 27 break us up? In AA Comes of Age, Bill wrote that what will tear us apart is using AA for our pursuit of those natural human de- sires for money, prestige and authority. e Twel h Tradition answers how we can overcome these dan- gers and o ers the way to achieve the goal. e Twel h Tradition was more di cult to understand, but I found AA Comes of Age and Lan- guage of the Heart most helpful. Most of my di - culty centered around two terms that I believe Bill used in ways they are not usually used: "anonymity" and "personalities." How can you not knowing my name be the spiritual basis for us staying together? A major di culty people have in learning the English language is that the same word can have di erent meanings in di erent con- texts. "Anonymity" means not only "not known," as used in the Eleventh Tradition, but also "lack- ing individuality." What distinguishes us one from another? Money, prestige and authority. In AA Comes of Age Bill makes it clear that the spirit of anonymity in the Twel h Tradition is sacrifice. We usually use "per- sonality" to describe character traits like introversion or extrover- sion. But in writing the I learned the purpose of the Traditions by studying our history. PHOTO BY ANONYMOUS