Read these words with an open-mind, free of prejudice of the words used. Feel free to agree or disagree. Forming an opinion shows you took time enough to read and consider the concepts.
A conversation took place where a friend stated that she was a "human being first" when discussing thoughts of submission. Unfortunately, I failed to ask what this persons basis for comparison is (be it animal, vegetable, mineral, or perhaps a fear of being put lower in the food chain) that would cause a negative reaction to being considered a submissive first. It has been driven into us that to be anything but human is to lessen ourselves but in reality thinking as simply a human being is the true disability. To be solely a human being is to think in the constraints society has put on humans. The ideals instilled in us to be in control of our own lives, look out for ourselves first, never give anyone else say so over who we are ... those same ideals that cause so many to look down on D/s deeming it demoralizing and abusive. Locking yourself into that mold locks you into that human mindset that says "I must be in control of every aspect of my life." It then cripples you, making it impossible to freely give yourself to a Dominant. Obviously we are a social race. It is 'how' we choose or are taught to socialize that limits or frees us to pursue a deeper state of mind.
A couple of people who have read this have had a less than positive reaction to it. Possibly due to the fact that it is seen by many that to put anyone elses needs above their own is to neglect their needs instead of seeing that it is the desire of the Dominant to take over and fill those needs in return for service. Yes, submissives are humans. Dominants are humans. Slaves are humans. But, some of us are humans who thrive to move past simply "being human" and develop a relationship with one another that goes past 'give and take' to the realm of unity... serving each others needs, fulfilling each others desires, accepting each others power, and building a foundation for true D/s relationships.