How To Think About The Traditions, 11

Read This First: How To Think… it’s important to understand that we as a greater society have lost the ability to think critically…

11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
Our relations with the general public should be characterized by personal anonymity. We think A.A. ought to avoid sensational advertising. Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Our public relations should be guided by the principle of attraction rather than promotion. There is never need to praise ourselves. We feel it better to let our friends recommend us.

Anonymity. Giving credit where credit is due – to God. Most people in AA today seem not to get this at all. So many of my Fellowship is on Facebook and other social media taking pictures of their latest coin and congratulating themselves on this that and other in AA… just acting like this is so old-fashioned.

We should be PROUD of ourselves, they shout! I thought “pride” was a defect of character. It’s a 3rd column aspect of self, that is effected by resentment. Hurt pride. What I believe people think about me.

It seems to me that behind the scenes of our culture, someone or some people are trying to make everyone on earth self-centered. Everything that is for sale these days is specific to me, me, me. From the grande soy latte no whip vanilla syrup personal coffee to giving customers money back for an item purchased before a sale they missed – all of society is about giving people what they want all the time at the absolute detriment to the planet and everybody else.

It kind of seems like “someone” is trying to make everybody self-centered fools. As a result of this, AAers seem to think that that applies to us too! Like – everybody else is doing it, why not we? Well, because we are bodily and mentally different from our fellows.

I have found that if I violate spiritual principles, I pay a spiritual price. That includes the Traditions.

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion. I guess that means I need to walk my talk if I am planning on being attractive. I guess cutting someone off in traffic and flipping them the bird with my AA bumpersticker on my car is off limits. Or getting into a fist-fight at a business meeting because I am not getting my way is not very attractive either. It says in the book, Alcoholics Anonymous on p. 19 “A much more important demonstration of our principles lies before us in our respective homes, occupations and affairs.”

We are not out there talking about what we do, we are doing what we do. We are leaving the connections we make up to God and we are just being the spirit of service. We actually have to act against society now, not with it.

Our names and pictures as A.A. members ought not be broadcast, filmed, or publicly printed. Social Media.

Tradition 11 exercise: For one week, do not praise yourself, but instead act in ways that you think would get you recommended...then continue.