Real Goth (as opposed to this obnoxious Mansonite crap we see everywhere) is less about wearing all black and acting spooky. It's about appreciating a dark aesthetic as a contrast to the relentless happiness forced upon us. Let's face it, not everything is going to be happy. Recognize the inherent sorrow in the world as well as the joy.

As goth as fuck.

There are no fake goths, this illusion of superiority that people who don't like Marilyn Manson often portray is, IMNSHO, something that helps them feel like they actually have something original and significant in their lives, and that they are more interested in style rather than substance. It's pathetic, stupid, and childish, and is the same attitude to be demonstrated by KKK members, football players, 3|33+ hax0rs, and other such undesirables.

I always thought Real Goth was a member of a Germanic people that overran the Roman Empire in the early centuries of the Christian era. Thus the great slashdot sig.
"Ancient Goth: Someone who overthrew the Roman Empire.
Modern Goth: A vegan pretending to be a vampire."

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