Originally posted by buckky
I see these people running around with dyed black hair , and wearing nothing but black, and some are wearing goul make up, and I wonder is this a kind of religion or are they just trying to scare each other ? If it is a religion what is the religion all about ? Is Marilyn Manson the leader of this group or is it Rob Zombie ?
Most goths will tell you that it is not a religion. To the contrary, many goths are atheist. I would suggest you check out some gothic message boards and like web sites. I have surfed such places a time or two and leanred a lot about this sub culture. My opinion is that it is rather an expression, a lifestyle if you will. These are people very in touch with their "darker" emotions. On the whole though, I would say they are just normal people like you and I who like to express their deep and dark emotions outward via their clothes and demeanor.
I can empathize with this somewhat, in the sense that when I was young(er) I was rather "punk" in appearance. When it was time to go to work or some such thing though, the spikes came off, the hair was combed down and the tie was put on. Such is the case with many goths I believe. On the converse, there are also the "hardcore" individuals in both of these sub cultures, "expressing" themselves in this manner all the time. With such hardcore people the outward appearance may represent something more deeply seeded. By that I mean that these people may live the expression of their deep emotions all of the time because it is a consuming aspect of their lives, being the great shaper of their view of life.
I have found such people to be very much in the minority however. Most of them are just your average joe with a wife and kids and a 9 to 5 job. This is just a way they like to express them selves. I know that when I used to have all the piercings, spikes, chains, etc. I did a lot of it for the shock value. It was my way of saying, "Here I am. I am a unique person. I hope I have gotten you out of your comfort zone enough to see that I am different and that there is nothing you can do about that. I am different and I like it like that. If that offends your fine sensibilities, I don't care. If you can't accept me, that's your problem."
I had a good laugh at life a while back. You see, since I got married and started having kids I pretty much retired my punk apparel. I still sport a wallet chain and a couple of nuances that while well accepted are also not too far away from a "punk" statement. you might say I am really watered down. Well, the other day I ran into a girl I went to high school with. In those days, she was goth. Very goth. I noticed that she was a lot like me, still a hint of goth here and there, but very watered down so that if you didn't know her back then you wouldn't think anything of it. I talked to her about this. We commented on how each of us looked so different these days and we had a good laugh at ourselves and at life.