Endigar 396 ~ Two “Magnificent Standards”

From Yesterday’s Daily Reflections;

All A.A. progress can be reckoned in terms of just two words: humility and responsibility. Our whole spiritual development can be accurately measured by our degree of adherence to these magnificent standards.  (As Bill Sees It, page 271)

To acknowledge and respect the views, accomplishments and prerogatives of others and to accept being wrong shows me the way of humility. To practice the principles of A.A. in all my affairs guides me to be responsible. Honoring these precepts gives credence to Tradition Four-and to all other Traditions of the Fellowship. Alcoholics Anonymous has evolved a philosophy of life full of valid motivations, rich in highly relevant principles and ethical values, a view of life which can be extended beyond the confines of the alcoholic population. To honor these precepts I need only to pray, and care for my fellow man as if each one were my brother.



The two magnificent standards are humility and responsibility and are the measurable fruit of my spiritual development.

A.A. has evolved a philosophy of life.  What is it I wonder?

This philosophy has valid motivations.  What are they?

It has highly relevant principles and ethical values.  What specifically do we mean when we say practice these principles in all our affairs?  What are they?

A.A. has a view or vision of life that extends beyond the alcoholic population.    What is it?

It seems that the answer to these questions cannot be the result of an academic quest.  They are discovered through prayer and care for my fellow man.

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