Feb 9, 2014
3:22pm CDT

This is the first in my “Let’s talk” blog series. I pick a subject I am passionate about and talk about it. Nothing is off limits ….. well except politics, I refuse to voice my opinions about that.

However any thing else I have no problem with. I don’t even care if people do not agree with my opinions. I have the right to voice them anyways. If you would like to add your own comments. Feel free to send them in my email, or if you got a subject you would like to hear my opinion on feel free to message me as well.

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Okay if I haven’t made it clear already to my followers/visitors I am a HUGE fan of Disturbed. I am a big fan of David Draiman hes just so dang cute. Course my mom thinks I’m nuts for liking him and the band. For the simple fact the bands name is “Disturbed”. If that wasn’t bad enough they have a symbol that is know to the fans as the Believe Symbol. Simply because it’s the cover of their 2nd studio album entitled “Believe”.
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Some people think this is the sign of the Devil.

Now there are a lot of misconceptions on heavy metal being “The Devil’s Music”. And that us Metal heads are all Satan worshipers. I often get called Gothic, which of course could not be further from the truth here. Let me show you a little some thing on Goths and metal heads from wikipedia. No I know this isn’t the most reliable source but taking from experience this is pretty damn accurate in this case.

Gothic fashion is a clothing style marked by conspicuously dark, mysterious, exotic, and complex features. It is worn by members of the goth subculture. A dark, sometimes morbid fashion and style of dress,[1] typical gothic fashion includes a pale complexion with colored black hair, black lips and black clothes.[1] Both male and female goths wear dark eyeliner and dark fingernail polish. Styles are often borrowed from the punks, Victorians and Elizabethans.[1] Goth fashion is sometimes confused with heavy metal fashion and emo fashion.

Basically being Goth is someone who dresses in all black. It even states “Goth fashion is sometimes confused with heavy metal and emo fashion” Which they are in reality all separate from each other. And in my experience, not trying to be stereo typical, in this case is actually the truth. I have also had experiences with Goths being Christan and being quite religious. Not because they were forced to, or because they just simply grew up in it and were being force into it. But because they honestly believed it.

Course, you do get those Goths that are in fact dark and satanic. Which a few bad apples in the bunch shouldn’t mean that the whole bunch is rotten. This is true in any case whether its religion, race, or any thing along those lines.

Heavy metal fashion is the style of dress, body modification, make-up, hairstyle, and so on, taken on by fans of heavy metal, or, as they are often called, metalheads or headbangers.

This is obviously a tad different. Though not all metal heads have body modification. And when we talk about body modification we are saying any thing along the lines of tattoos, piercings, skin implants, ect…

I personally choose NOT to have any of these done for my own personal reasons. But I have no issue with it at all. And I understand the need, the reason behind them. Basically its a middle finger to society, telling them “Fuck you! This is my life, this is my body I can do what I want. Fuck your rules! Your image of perfection.” Because society has this image of whats taboo and whats not, what’s approved and what’s just plain, down right wrong and unacceptable. Society is always telling people how to walk, talk, dress, wear their hair, and what clothes to wear. And one of the things about religion is those who say don’t judge a book by its cover then turn around and look at some one with modifications and are like “What in God’s name is wrong with that person?”. Like really? You don’t exactly have the place to preach don’t judge a book by its cover if you can’t practice it.

Society is telling us we HAVE to conform, we all must be a certain way. Even the media’s idea of perfection on women and even men. Like the perfect woman is a supper skinny, big boobed, no flab woman. Real women have curves! This is the reason why girls become anorexic and bulimic. Because they see their favorite star in magazines or any female star for that matter. The media is calling this super skinny woman fat because she has a tad bit of flab here and there. Young girls see this shit and think “Oh damn if shes fat so am I.” Women need to feel like their pretty no matter what their bodies look like. And the media isn’t helping this.

Anyways, back to my other point. The 3rd most misconception is Emo’s.

Today emo is commonly tied to both music and fashion as well as the emo subculture.[139] Usually among teens, the term “emo” is stereotyped with wearing jeans, sometimes in bright colors and may often be close-fitting, and T-shirts (usually short-sleeved) which often bear the names of emo bands. Studded belts and black wristbands can be associated in emo fashion. Some males can also be often wearing thick, black horn-rimmed glasses.

The emo fashion is also recognized for its hairstyles. Popular looks include thin, flat and smooth hair with lots of hair on the sides and back of the head with long side-swept bangs, sometimes covering one or both eyes. Also popular is hair that is straightened or dyed black. Bright colors, such as blue, pink, red, or bleached blond, are also typical as highlights in emo hairstyles. Short, choppy layers of hair are also common.[143] This fashion has at times been characterized as a fad.[144] However, in the early 2000s, emo fashion was associated with a clean cut look instead, but changed as it spread to teens.[140] Emo fashion also has been often confused with goth fashion.[145]

And in my personal experience, again my intent here is not to stereotype. I hate stereotypes I only speak from what I’ve seen personally. This tends to be the case. Course I’ve had some friends who were emo who didn’t fit this stereotypical idea.

Emo has been associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden.[146][147][148] It has also been associated with stereotypes like depression, self-injury, and suicide.

Once again, I have had a couple friends who have fit this description. I’m not a fan of self-harm. And I remember one of my girl friends was self-harming and she told me her parents found out. They yelled at her and got really mad and she couldn’t understand why. I simply told her “They love you, you’re their daughter. They don’t want to see you hurting and just want you to be  happy.” When I told her this, I think I may have actually gotten through to her. Course after that I lost contact so I really don’t know if I got through to her. I really hope that I did.

My point of this entire explanation is that we the fans of metal, whether we be metal heads, emo’s or goths, most of us are not in any way satanic. Some of us have our own personal issues just like the rest of the world. We have the same issues as you, we deal with the same things you do. We are no more different on the inside as you then we are on the outside. I personally do not condone Satanism, I refuse to acknowledge it in anyway.

Do I believe in Satan? Yes,

Do I follow him? Heck no! I am a Christian, yes I believe in the existence of a higher power. And believing in this higher power you can not deny there is an opposite force at work. So yes I believe but I don’t follow. And I certainly do not follow bands that are satanic in anyway.

Going back to the Believe symbol, the misconception that it’s Satanic or has some kind of Evil, sadistic meaning behind it couldn’t be further from the actual truth. I think the reason it gets thought of as Satanic is the crescent moon of Islam at the top. Because it is turned to look like “horns” which in reality they were never suppose to be horns at all. Let me post the meaning of the symbol for you guys.

SYMBOL ON BELIEVE COVER?
The symbol you see on the cover stand for Universal Belief. In it contains the four major religions: Celtic Cross, Star of David, Pentacle, and the Crescent Moon of Islam.

IS THE SYMBOL SATANIC?
The symbol is NOT satanic. NEVER WAS.

Is the Believe symbol satanic?
No it is not.

What religions are in the Believe symbol?
Christianity, Paganism, Islam, and Judaism.

The symbol stands for, “Universal Belief” basically saying at the end of the day we all believe in the same thing. No matter what your belief is, what your views are, what God you pray to. We all believe there is a higher power and we all come from the same place. To quote some thing David Draiman has said many times. “We all need to stop focusing on how different we are and start focusing on how much alike we are.” Then maybe in the end we can all get along. No more fighting, no more wars just peace.

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The first symbol we got here is the Celtic Cross, symbolizing Christians and Catholics. This isn’t a bad sign right? This is a sign of God.

Then the second one we got the Crescent Moon of Islam, for Islamic faith. Removing the start at the top. You see how that can kind of look like horns right? Which is where the misconception comes from. But its just the moon that’s all nothing evil about the moon right?  Except the weird powers it possess on people every month on a full moon.

Then we got the Star of David for Judaism. This is the sign for Jews, once again nothing evil about this symbol.

Fourthly and lastly, we got the biggest misconception. The Pentagram also referred to as Pentacle. But let me explain some thing here, the pentagram is NOT a satanic symbol. It is the symbol for Pagans.

Pagan
A somewhat vague term derived from from the Latin word paganus. Pagan is a term which refers to a variety of different religions ranging from Wicca, to that of ancient Egypt and even Hinduism, among many others. Some Pagans are of no specific religion, but rather are eclectic. In general Pagan religions have more than one deity, or many gods which are aspects of one (an idea similar to that of the Christian trinity). Another quite common feature of Pagan religions are that they tend to be nature oriented. Pagan can also be used as a derogatory word for any non-Judeo/Christian/Islamic religion.

So if I am understanding my research on Pagans their saying its similar to the Christian belief? So not really evil in any way. Though some Pagans are known to deal with Wicca better known as “witch craft” And though I do not condone this, as I am a big believe in the supernatural. I believe that if you mess with the forces around us that you could open a portal to the other side, or even to hell allowing unwanted sprites or other forces to come through to our world. But back to the “a few bad apples” saying I mentioned earlier, its not fair to say their all dealing with witch craft just cause a selective few are.

Now you know what a Pentagram is, this symbol can be recognized but noticing its just basically a normal right sided star. With the point of it facing up wards towards the sky. Now the Pentacle is the inverted star in which the point faces down. You can tell that this star takes the shape of a goats head. According to my research online, if I am understanding correctly. This symbol is used more for Satanism, this is the evil symbol. This is NOT the symbol in Disturbed’s “Believe Symbol”

So scroll up and look at this symbol once more. Tell me if you spot this for normal, very religious symbols. Does it still look evil to you? If it does then your still one of the outsiders that refuses to open their eyes to a new way of thinking. And I’m sorry but I don’t know how to convince you any other way.

NOW! On to the Fangirling part of my blog. I had a discussion with David Draiman on twitter about this very subject. It wasn’t quiet as long as this blog, but he was basically explaining in his own words the band’s believe symbol.

Check it out!!

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Now, if you guys have any questions regarding this subject feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you. Or if there is another discussion you would like me to have on my blog feel free to email me about that as well. I would love to hear from you and get your feed back.

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