Your Identity Doubles as Community Service

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Are you ready to do community service? Many times people associate that word with punishment. But is it really? Don’t we all seek a job that would fulfill us? What best fulfills us? Giving and serving with a cause we believe in.

When you claim your Gothness, you have a moral and ethical obligation to be a representative of all Goths and to serve all Goths. The way to best serve other Goths is to be your absolute best, authentic self. When you are yourself, you give license and permission for other to be themselves. In that way you make them “licensed” Goths; you are paying it forward, making it easier for another Goth to feel safe, loved, and appreciated in this world. Since ours is an underserved community, we must take particular care to keep the community healthy (and alive!) Think of your unique talents and abilities and consider ways that you can give to the community. (I don’t like to say “give back” since you didn’t take anything). When you have come up with your list, narrow it down. What will best serve the Goth economy? What will best serve all dimensions of a Goth or similar person person in a similar culture?  I don’t like saying “subculture” because we do not subordinate ourselves nor should we.

One way that I serve the Goth economy is through Toastmasters. Toastmasters is a safe environment for socializing and  professional growth. Adding Goths to Toastmasters is a twist on the tried and true.

If you live in the Denver area, consider joining next week. For more information, see Freaks Who Speak Toastmasters Club.

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An Example of a Corporate Goth

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A friend just introduced me to a website about sacred geometry. I will not actually be talking about sacred geometry here. What really struck me was the man’s professional attire in the introduction video. I believe he is a very good example of a corporate goth. Take a look at his professional, but Goth-y* attire here: www.corelove.net.

For more examples, see his assistants here: www.corelove.com.

If you’re actually interested in sacred geometry, you can continue on with the first site. However, if it’s a little above your head, but you’re still interested in a toned-down version, check out their other site: www.sacredg.com.

This is not an advertisement for their products. This is merely to show everyone what I had in mind with my vision for Lavoce.

*I said “Goth-y” instead of Goth because I do not know how he identifies himself.

From Cloud to Star

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You might be curious about Lavoce’s logo. Here is an abbreviated and partial explanation, from cloud to star. Let’s take a walk down logic lane.

Since every definition of Goths I have found is different based on the person explaining it, I have always found that the fast and easy definition of a Goth is usually someone who wears black. What is wrong with black?

If you have a dandruff problem, it shows. It displays poor grooming. It’s a seasonal color and is best for the winter. When it’s summertime, black attracts heat and the sun’s rays. However, no amount of parasols are going to keep that sun from giving you a tan, no matter how much you use skin whitener. Black has no gradations and only works well with certain skin tones, making some people look pallid and sickly (the negative attitude increases the languid and lethargic look). Black is slimming, which is fine for those who want to look slimmer, but can make an already skinny person look emaciated. Black is sometimes scary as it is representative of the night and makes mothers want to take their child and run away as fast as possible. Is it any wonder why Goths did not receive the respect they so wanted back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s?

The proposed solution is gray. Dandruff would not be as apparent, so the wearers of gray would seem better groomed. It’s appropriate for any season. It’s appropriate in the workplace (black is appropriate still, but not all black). It goes with every skin tone as it can be as dark or as light as you want it to be. It enhances the feeling of individuality because there are many shades of gray. It is an approachable color, and will make people more conversational.

The new Goth of the millennium is brighter, sharper, more approachable, more open-minded, healthier, and more of an individual. The new Goth knows how to make a good first impression and is a champion for others. The new Goth dispels myths on behalf of the old Goth.

The new Goth is in control of his destiny; he is not being controlled by the winds or the external environment.

The new Goth makes an activist choice; he does not follow the trend. Therefore, no one can say that he is going through a phase. If there is any trend he follows, it is a positive trend, the trend of being positive, not negative, not mopey, not depressed.

The new Goth does not have a cloud over his head. He is a star, illuminating light wherever he goes.

The new Goth is a winner, a champion, a hero, a star.

The new Goth wears gray.