A slave has three responsibilities. These are not shocking and not so different from anyone else, but they are critical to establishing a foundation for the slave’s three areas of choice.
1) Ethics– A consensual slave will strive to make good decisions, guided by those they serve, but doing what is required by their personal ethics at all times.
We do not own any object of this earth. Not even our bodies do we really own. All will return to dust one day. Even time is not ours to own. We can not add another minute of time to our lives. All that we truly own, are our decisions. Nothing therefore, is more important than the decisions we make. What guides our most important decisions is our code of ethics. What we believe above all else to be right behavior, right action, just action. It is therefore imperative that our personal ethics be our highest responsibility, before all else, even before the will of the Master whom a slave desires to serve. The responsible slave practices good decision making, and ethics, with or without a Master. This is the consensual slave’s first responsibility.
2) Property– A consensual slave will protect the property that is themselves, and the property of the Owner, as long as this protection is not in conflict with responsibility one.
Every property owner expects that when another uses their property, that it will be protected, and cared for, and returned in good shape. So it is that every responsible slave will protect and care for the body, mind and health that is the property of the Master they serve, or the owner they will one day serve. They will seek to do the same for the Master’s other assets. And if that Master shows no regard for the damage they might cause the property, the responsible slave will protect that property even from the owner, until said owner returns to their proper appreciation for the property. This is the consensual slave’s second responsibility.
3) Submission – A consensual slave will obey all commands of the Owner they serve and none other, as long as the orders* are not in conflict with responsibility one or two.
Slavery may be external and coerced or slavery may be internal and consensual. We in BDSM recognize that love can only co-exist with power under the terms of consent and reject external slavery. The un-owned consensual slave has no responsibility to submission but the owned consensual slave is completely responsible for their submission; forever mindful that protection and ethics are higher priorities. The consensual slave that seeks the freedom that comes of submission, that comes of total trust, of the knowledge that your burdens are another’s, of the knowledge that the will of two people has truly become one; this slave must strive with all the trust they can give, to exchange all power to the Master they serve, placing their will into the control of that Master, with as little reservation and resistance as they can muster. This is the consensual slave’s third responsibility.
*Orders may further be narrowed during TPE negotiation.
These are the THREE responsibilities of a slave. They are the foundation on which a slave’s three areas of choice are built. I am pleased with the final draft.