thescoon said: I think it really depends on the person. Choosing to be edge is of course a personal choice first and foremost. What you choose to do to promote it is up to you though, in my opinion. Some people want to just quietly go about their life with no desire to step into the limelight or want to make a change beyond just themselves. I mean, it's a pretty overwhelming thing to do; making a change. Others really want to put themselves out there, and that's awesome too. It's all change after all.
Sobriety is a great choice regardless of what you plan to do with it. And I will respect anyone who chooses to be sober for themselves.
However. Straight Edge IS a movement, it is meant to be a place where people can find confidence in choosing differently of course, but then spreading that confidence to others who need it is incredibly important.
If you see no problem with drugs, alcohol etc aside from health issues or simply feel that its not for you, then straight edge is also not for you.
Straight edge is for those who see that the problems are wide spread and believe that education is required to show people alternatives and the difference between choosing something because you want it and choosing it because its in front of you and everyone else does it and it makes life easy.
If you want the label, the safety, the group feeling of being Straight Edge you need to be willing to extend that hand to others that need it as they have to you.
Beyond that, there is really no point advocating a clear mind, a release from the opression of substances if you are only going to sit back while a million other forms of oppression control your life and the world around you.
Straight Edge is a serious commitment and if you can commit to straight edge, you’re committing to a cause already. Which means everything else that comes with free thought should be right up your ally.