The edge

"I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center. - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Within the lifestyle we have different kinds of edges, we have the type of play we call "edge play", the dark edge, people on the fringes luring victims, and the lifestyle edge, those in master/slave relationships.

Edge play is about facing fears and primal instincts for the rush it gives us. This is akin to skydivers and other "extreme" sports, the adreniline rush, the endorphines pumping. Done properly "edge play" is a safe form of play, or at least as safe as any other form of play, but there are risks involved and anyone doing edge play should study all the risks, take as many precautions as possible and seek out a mentor to guide them who is experienced in that form of play. Seeking to do some form of edge play with no guidance or precautions is irresponsible and should be a warning sign to submissives that a dominant is not responsible.

"When you have come to the edge of all the light you have and step into the darkness of the unknown believe that one of the two will happen to you either you'll find something solid to stand on or you'll be taught how to fly!" - Richard Bach

The dark edge of our community draws out those less informed to lure them to be used or abused in some form, and often those who do this masquerade as upstanding community leaders, claiming skill they do not possess, putting themselves in a place to appear legitimate. These people will attempt to lure new people and those less informed to their gatherings or to themselves to lend weight to their claims of skill, their forms of play are often on the lower end in public, and when they escilate, it is abusive and leaves lasting damage.

"You've got to be closer to the edge than ever to win. That means sometimes you go over the edge, and I don't mean driving, either." - Dale Earnhardt

The lifestyle people while they would not seem to be on the edge at first glance, are often not looked to by the community at large, which is often focused on casual play. The lifestyle people have worked at relationship building and keeping things going outside of play and the dungeons, these skills are often saught after byt the entry level lifestyle people who attend events devoted to communication and relationship building, but often fail to look to their own memebers for that knowledge.

18 Jul 2007 16:15:34


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