“As individual fingers
we can easily be broken, but all together we make a mighty fist. The
struggle is ours to win or lose.”
The unity of Alcoholics Anonymous is the most cherished quality our Society has. Our lives, the lives of all to come depend squarely upon it. We stay whole, or A.A. dies. Without unity, the heart of A.A. would cease to beat; our world arteries would no longer carry the life-giving grace of God; His gift to us would be spent aimlessly. Back again in their caves, alcoholics would reproach us and say, "What a great thing A.A. might have been!"
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 129
These experiences taught that anonymity is real humility at work. It is an all-pervading spiritual quality which today keynotes A.A. life everywhere. Moved by the spirit of anonymity, we try to give up our natural desires for personal distinction as A.A. members both among fellow alcoholics and before the general public. As we lay aside these very human aspirations, we believe that each of us takes part in weaving a protective mantle which covers our whole Society and under which we may grow and work in unity.
Twelve Steps & Twelve Traditions pg. 187
Grandfather give us wisdom to stand together and be quiet.