Riding off the Edge of the Map
Reviewed by: Toni Rahman
Riding off the Edge of the Map brought to mind a perennial question about how one can once again trust his or her judgment after making what might look like a terrible mistake. “… how do we recognize, when in the middle of a crisis, that we are morally compromised or impaired by the illusion of time, or reenacting the losses or terrors of childhood?”
It’s a question we all grapple with, at one time or another. We have all fallen into these places from which we have had to find our way back; we have all experienced instances in which we have abandoned and betrayed ourselves.
Striving to repair these breaches and restoring trust in ourselves, David suggests, involves examining the circumstances leading up to those “mistakes,” and understanding how they align with the stories “that go on in the theater of the mind.” In this telling, David shows us the path his compassion takes as he unsnarls his alienated, bruised and battered parts, and retrieves a deeper knowing of himself.
Besides offering a vicarious tour through the baddest lands of Mexico, Riding off the Edge of the Map is a map of the human psyche. David has a lot to say about human nature, and shares courageously his version of how the world works. He also gives us hope that trust in ourselves can be adequately mended and restored, that peace can be found as a result, and that it is all well worth the effort.
His message, like that of many of today’s way-showers, has to do with slowing down and living in the present moment. He tells his story in a way that is entertaining as well as compassionate, compelling, deep and kind. He uses a rare blend of honesty, experience and insight to encourage us on. I highly recommend this read for anyone who has felt at odds with him or herself in a time of great need, or just wants to experience a harrowing vicarious tour through the badlands of David’s mind and the Great Copper Canyon of Northern Mexico.