Friday, October 07, 2005

Goths and significance

Have been doing a little bit of theological reflection on the whole dressing as a goth experience from Saturday night.

It probably goes without saying that people look at you heaps more, but I think there's a tremendous power in the looks of fear that you get from people, and the effort that they go to to avoid getting in your way. I've never really understood the Goth culture, but I think I got a bit of an insight into it the other night.

For many people, particularly teenagers, life is often one big story of powerlessness, rejection and fear. People feel insignificant, that nobody cares about or notices them, and so turn to subcultures to try and validate their sgnificance in life. This is not only true in goth culture as well as sports clubs, bands, computer gamers etc.

From what I've heard the goth culture is just really accepting, they don't care if you're any good at sports, are smart, good looking or what background you're from. I think in that culture we see a glimpse of the Kingdom of God, and a bit of an idea what churches should be like...

I reckon people get an enormous sense of power through looking all black and scary, they get to put on a persona that is maybe not all them and forget about the troubles beneath the makeup (which is very similar to a lot of friends of mine in the clubbing scene actually), they feel like they are the tough and scary ones for once.

People want to be seen and heard-even the shy ones, they want people to notice when they enter the room- and you should have seen the reaction I got when I walked over to the cricket club later that night!

I could be totally wrong about all of this, as I'm totally not part of the goth scene, so if I have any goth readers please feel free to correct me.


Christop said...

What I've found is that they tend to be very accepting, but also they generally don't like being called goths because it implies a stereotype. People who actually call themselves goths are often seen as try-hardish.

The Neuromancer said...

Indeed, in some ways you are right, they are accepting, but there are certain things that they don't accept (still in the generalisation here). The ones previously mentioned are the type that the goth scene don't really accept as the refer to them as (though this phrase is probably passe by now) posuers, kerrang kids (reffering to popular metal/alternative magazine kerrang) etc. Of course, this is just in my experience.

The goth culture is really bigger and broader then most people think.
(and usually far from the instant associations people make with goths about being satanists, wrist slitters and the rest of that self righteous crap that comes with fingerpointers. )

It'd take way too much effort to try and describe goth in it's entirity, so I'll sum it up as seeing beauty in darkness and making a statement about it.

My mind is clouded at the moment so if that doesn't make sense or I went off course there (hope not) blame it on those guys with whistles at the cricket. They ride my spine you know.

Read up on the goth culture, I'm sure you'll learn something from it. It gave me a more open mind oh so many years ago.

Anonymous said...

To call someone "Goth" is as good as calling someone human... There's a much bigger picture then they show- and like humans or christians infact they vary in beliefs and traditions. From differents cults and street gangs to the silent poetic type.
Take it from someone whose been there.
I see what you're saying though... i think that if we ("open-society") just accepted people for who they are and what they do/did and when they do it, the world would be so much easier to live in...but of course that in itself can be judged to what is right and wrong.
What I mean is if we accepted people's past and looked at them and every flaw and loved them anyway, perfectly... I mean what's more Jesus-like than that?

Anonymous said...

cant say I know much about the whole goth scene either- apart from going through a black T phase as a teenager and generally like the colour black thats about it.

But I know where your coming from with the clubbing scene- hidding behind booze (and heavier stuff) and measuring self worth on how many chicks you can pull or guys stare at your arse.
Easily becomes an obsession

Digger said...

Hey guys, thanks heaps for your input and insights. Good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Hey Digs, how’s it going? Well I happen to have a lot of Goth friends and to tell the truth they are all different some would be happy to sacrifice animals where others prefer to spend there time doing stuff that anyone else would do. E.g. go out places, msn etc. They just like black and dark make up which can sometimes in my opinion look pretty cool.
I think some one said, they just want to be different to everyone else which I think is completely true… and in my friends cases different from each other, one of my friends shaved off her eyebrows during the holidays and another of my friends had fluro orange through her hair. But yeah I reckon most of the stuff you said was completely true!

Digger said...

Yeah good call kirst. They are all different, just the same as Christians or whatever I guess. And its not just the goths that want to be different, its everybody hey. Anywho, catchya

Christop said...

In shaved of half of one of my eyebrows once.