Straightedge seems to have veered in the hands of jerks to have a highly negative connotation
. Being straightedge should be a personal choice, not a religion to be forced upon others. I don't partake
, but refuse to call myself straightedge. Straightedge has come to imply that the person has a problem with others
doing drugs. I say what they put in their body is their own damn business, just like what I put in mine is mine.
Too many people calling themselves straightedge
have done stuff like beat the shit out of a guy just because he was lighting up. Not doing drugs
can(and should) be a point of pride
in your willpower
. Beating someone up because they have a different opinion
than you should not. But those kind of self-righteous
asses have polluted
the otherwise simple idea of personal freedom from substance abuse
I don't drink or do drugs
But I would be ashamed to be called straightedge.