Any exploration of the good and evil of gothic lifestyle faces a challenge of dwelling more on the evil than on the good. In this article however, we will try to strike a balance. Let’s begin with the evil. The Gothic lifestyle is mainly associated with darkness, vampires, morbidity, satanic beings, insidious evil, unemotional villains and sadistic personalities. However, beyond that superficial stereotype, being Gothic has a more dynamic meaning. The Goth have a distinct lifestyle, in most cases interesting but mysterious.
Before we get into the ideology of evil Gothic culture a simple introduction will do. Gothic is a term with roots in Germanic tribes that ruled the entire Europe during the Middle Ages. However, it was not until the mid 19th Century that Gothicism became a popular lifestyle. It became a very distinguished culture even then considered as an attention seeking oddity. Today, the perception of the Goths as people who believe in being social misfits survives. Goths do not lead the mundane daily life ascribed to by mainstream culture. They have crafted a distinct style of life for themselves with an emphasis on freedom, distinctiveness and conscious individuality.
The widespread criticism of the gothic lifestyle has not stopped it from evolving into a rich sub-culture, a way of life and a distinct set of attitudes and values. The main controversies have been solicited by the ideology of evil Gothic culture i.e. how they design and concoct evil. This is their most basic feature i.e. a hideous appearance. Sample this. The Goth culture includes a distinct literature, architecture, dressing style, art, appearance and music that is shaded in dark colours, death and supernatural oddities. They dress in black and other dark colors such as blood red, dark green, purple, and dark blue. Their appearance is uniquely distinguished by dark makeup and pale base skin shades. Most Goths prefer straight, pitch black hair. That appearance alone has perpetuated the ideology of evil Gothic culture. If they are not evil, people ask, why do they dress like that?
Dressing is just but part of the Gothic lifestyle. The heart of the culture is the attitude Goths have. Most Goths result to the lifestyle consequent to feelings of detachment from the mainstream lifestyle and culture. In this regard, the Gothic lifestyle liberates them with a sense of personal independence, in the expression of personal feelings and emotions. This is where the good and evil of gothic lifestyle becomes evident. They are not in most cases evil or desirous of evil; they just feel odd and detached.
Goths express evil in a different way than the conventional society as a way of revolting to norms and adopting what is unacceptable to the conventional culture. Got it? The Gothic lifestyle is an attitude that embraces everything in detachment to the normal society. That is the simplest expression of the ideology of evil Gothic culture; that they are not innately evil loving but that they adopt evil motifs as a way of expressing what is not in agreement with the conventional society.
Let us give another example that illustrates the ideology of evil Gothic culture. Death is one thing that human beings fear exceedingly. In revolt to that, Goths embrace an attitude of death as a natural, acceptable and even desirable extension of life. As such, to them death is not worth all the hullabaloo normal beings give it. A movie is even better when it contains a graphic display of blood, cannibalism, ugly deaths and such villain motifs.
Here enters the controversial edge of good versus evil in Goth lifestyle. To the Goths, a killer should not be punished since he is suffering nothing much that cannot be understood and accepted. Remember it is an attitude but rarely in a Gothic cinema will you find an evil monster or villain overcome totally by the good. Even when you think it is done, the movie will not end before giving an indication that there will be a return of the villain. The ideology of good versus evil in Gothic lifestyle always emphasises that the villain is never totally overcome.
Gothic literature writers such as Byron, Shelley and the like embrace that aspect of solitary confinement of the human being in darkness. Goths love the works of Dante and Tolstoy besides historical books, the Bible and Greek mythology. The most mysterious aspect of the Goths is their love for darkness and susceptibility to depression. Their detached faces reflect sadness and darkness in their hearts as the gloomy inheritance life offers them. This same attitude is reflected in their literature, art, architecture and music. The four eras of Goth music (Medieval, Dark Wave, Dark Techno and Dark Metal) illustrate this controversial ideology of evil Gothic culture.
All in all, the Goths are normal people without any evil motifs innately imbued in them, only that they have a different perception of life to that of an average individual. It is all about attitude, as they say.