Some people said Goths are crazy, evil persons. But is that true? What is Goth in fact?
“We’re hard-core romantics, dreamy realists and cynical idealists. We find beauty in the macabre, while seeking fairness and tenderness in our daily lives. We love all things ancient, while being modern and liberal in our social outlook. We’re intelligent and creative without being cutthroat and competitive. We’re angry yet peaceful. We’re sure of ourselves but wary of strangers. We’re funny but bitter … but mostly very shy.”–Rebecca Schraffenberger from the book – Goth: Undead Subculture
A Goth is someone who finds beauty in things others consider dark. They love all that is dark and mysterious. That doesn’t mean Goths are evil, it just means they have a different perspective to many. And it also doesn’t mean Goths are unkind, violent or lacking in humour, in fact quite the opposite is true. Goths love to laugh but their humour is more of the black comedy sort. They aren’t sad because they like dark things – dark things make them happy and inspire them. Goths are often intellent, romantic and artistic realists. Being Goth is not about how one dresses, is about who you are.
Goths don’t always wear black and don’t all listen to the same bands. They do not worship Satan and aren’t members of a cult. For example, old women made crosses when see me dressed in black. Also, I don’t consider that black is the color of evil or that it brings negative energies. Black is the most elegant color, an ageless color.
Goths can be found around the globe and come from many different backgrounds and ethnicities. The Goth culture is very big in Japan and Germany.
Goths all have one thing in common… they find beauty in what others consider dark. For example, I have always found dead trees beautiful, I always loved the mystery of the night. I always loved the dark music that I only heard in movie soundtracks as a child. Goth to me isn’t something that one becomes but something one is.
Goth is not a phase. It is something that you either are or aren’t. I don’t understand people who say “Oh, I used to be Goth.” One doesn’t just change their likes and dislikes over night. I certainly have never changed who I fundamentally am.
In general Goth people love mythology, the mysterious, the supernatural, culture, tradition, romanticism and basically hold on to things in society that they feel are important and dying out. Once in the long, long ago people used to really make an effort and take pride in everything, their clothing, make-up, objects…everything was beautifully crafted and done with pride and care. Goth people value the past, the beauty of those eras.
They are influenced by fashion, music and mythology from the pre-Medieval eras to the Edwardian eras and also by various cultures around the world. Goth people are generally creative and of high intellect…some might go so far as to say they were a bit geeky as many Goths I know work in IT. They are often not as interested in drugs as many other sub-cultures.
So next time when you see a Goth, think twice about him/her and underestimate him/her.