I don’t consider myself goth, not solely, even though some of my clothing reflects my taste in vampires and boasts skulls and slogans in gothic and graffiti letters. My style is pretty mixed-genre. I’m always fascinated with people who clearly step outside the norm and into the subcultures. They always seem to be such cool people. These styles are but another way that the call to Darkness makes itself known: goth, emo, goth lolita, punk and assorted others. (beg pardon if you feel left out by my list; a post can only go on so long 😀 )
The majority of “goths” are good people, better even, perhaps, than average people. They are free thinkers, not afraid to break the taboos of society, oftentimes doing so just for the sake of breaking outside the norm. They will tell you what they honestly think, and they will call you on your shit if they think you’re acting fake. But if you are the type of person to be honest with yourself, they are very accepting of any race, creed, sexuality, and so on. They very often have a great sense of humor, laughing at society, at life, and at themselves.
There are a few bad apples in every group that propagate sterotypes, usually for the same personal, individual reasons despite whatever culture they’re in. Rage, insults, drugs, depression and suicide do not characterize these darker cultures, but are more often traits of the posers. Some people try to use Darkness as an excuse to wallow in their sadness or anger or to attack others and blame them for their problems. Again, this is not at all what the Higher Dark is about.
The darker subcultures are built around freedom of expression. You style your clothes, hair and body the way you want. You listen to music that you feel is good rather than what plays on pop radio. You surround yourself with true and darkly beautiful people. You talk about the topics that are meaningful to you. You behave in a way that is true to who you are inside. You decide what beauty is. Welcome to the Dark Side!