So closed-minded…

Why is everybody so closed-minded about things that are not “normal?”
For the past three years I’ve had an interest in “dark” concepts, like demons, death, suicide, etc. For the most part I have kept my interest in these things hidden, since most people (with the rare exception) seem to view it as unhealthy. Why is this so?

Consider, for example, that although I have an obsession with suicide, I have never even gotten close to trying, even in three years of this. It’s more of an escape for me. When things get bad, I fantasize about dying, how I would do it, what the world might be like without me. Is this form of release of stress any worse than say praying to some god(s) or eating a ton of icecream or whatever some people do? I would say not, that it is a perfectly healthy thing.

Or how about my interest in demons? I am an atheist and a skeptic, and I do not seriously believe in God, angels, the Devil, or demons, yet they are of interest to me for some reason. Perhaps it is because of the interesting stories surrounding them, the classic struggle between light and darkness, or maybe because the demons were so cool sounding in my religious classes at Catholic school (OK, I know they didn’t want me to think that, but they said when a demon possesses someone they get super-human strength, speak in different languages and get telekinesis…isn’t that cool?).

I recently left my girlfriend partly for this reason…she found out and thought I had “serious problems” and needed professional “help” because I think about death a lot. I couldn’t take her constantly criticizing my main interests, and now she calls me and acts like I’m “In denial” and “Need to realize that I’m calling out for help, whether I realize it or not.”

I believe that an interest in death, suicide, and other things considered “dark” is not necessarily a sign that you are insane or depressed, but rather, a release from the world. Some people write poems about trees and springtime and God and love, I write poems about death and demons…both are creative ways to vent emotions…why is mine considered sick?

13 comments

  1. Born and raised catholic myself, i sure know how that goes, thank goodness i dont have to go anymore.

  2. Love and Death stand very close together and hold hands.

    I don’t see a problem with looking into and having an interest in ‘dark’ subjects, I do that myself and always have. Some would call it a morbid fascination. Keeping looking into all of this, there is light within the darkness if you look hard and long enough. It helps to understand the human condition and all it’s variations. At least you are not afraid of the darkness…

    Hey…maybe you’d be interested in looking at this artist at http://www.vakras.com he does some really awesome and grueseome artwork in the phantastic and surreal.

  3. Wow, that’s some interesting art for sure! Thanks for the link. Where did you hear “Love and Death Stand very close together and hold hands” did you come up with that yourself or is it a quote?

  4. theres one thing i would like to ask and this is for everyone actually WHAT IS NORMAL there is no normal thats what people dont realize!!!!!

  5. Normal is a generalization people use as a description of a condition so they can put you into a box (catagory) easily, yet in contradiction they talk of individuals.

    “Love and Death stand very close together and hold hands” comes from my own experiences of both, they are like each other and exchange with each other, they have their sameness and yet have their differences. I write poems about Love and poems about Death, and sometimes both together in one, one following the other. (see post Candle Light Artisan)

    But now today I find that the guy I am in love with has just had his father pass away . . . so what I have written here suddenly means more . . . as I have also just told him of my love for him today.

  6. Normal….Average….Ordinary…they are all just words used to separate creatures such as us from the rest of the population. I have a theory…A very deep theory….if any of you would like to hear it then IM me at my AIM account. I have three. They are DemonGod265,BloodTears265 and Sesshoumaru265. What is with all the 265’s you ask? I don’t know either…

  7. I also am interested in demonic type subjects. The neverending battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness…. Demons are cool. Though all the abilities you state that you gain when becoming posessed by a demon depends on what demon you are posessed by. According to all I read on demon myth,legend,etc. There are many different demons. Many….
    Your Girlfriend thinks you need help? Try to pull her into the darkside with you. Show her the greatness of darkness… If she cannot understand it then forget about her. She is too far gone then. Good luck to you.

  8. society has led you to believe you have to dress a certain way or you have to look a certain way just to “fit in”. just be yourself, ill wear the same clothes for a month straight ( ill wash them of course), but ill still wear them, because i dont care what other people think of me, i could give a damn, i also feel that if society wanted everyone to dress the same they would have made laws for it, but the modern society today wants you to dress a certain way, then for some reason, if you dont, people think your wierd. but let them think what they want, because in the end, when all of us are dead, is it really gonna matter what we wore in high school, and what random people on the street thought about you??
    have a nice day 🙂

  9. ” my child, the last time we mixed religion with politics, people got burned at the steak.”

    “my child, your last salutations should be to the ones who knew you imperfect, and loved you.”
    ~ senor MONK

  10. Being different just means you’d rather be yourself rather than a following sheep. “Being yourself”, “know thyself”.

    Those who don’t like you for being different are just afraid that they themselves might be different…they’re just so afraid of their own difference and that you might just be reflecting it for them….

  11. Why are people closed minded about things that aren’t normal?

    People are in general insecure. In order to feel better about themselves, they have created a set of standards called “normal” that they all try to live up to. They don’t trust themselves to know what they should do, so “normal” gives them something to follow–and the more people that are doing something, the better. Also, this makes them feel better because it gives them a chance to put other people down (and bring themselves up).

    Also, most people have probably been brainwashed into thinking that since you’re interested in dark things, you must be unhappy and want to die all the time. There are likely people, such as your girlfriend, who actually care and don’t want you to die or be unhappy and want you to get therapy to “make things better.” They proabably don’t understand “darkness” and don’t realize they’re only making things worse for you.

  12. Thanks guys, I realize a lot of the stuff you’re saying about people wanting everyone to be “normal” but sometimes life just throws something like the girlfriend issue and I wonder if I may actually be insane. I’ve been happier without her though, even though it was very painful at first, lately I’ve been enjoying life and I don’t feel like I’m restricted in what I can think about, which is a great feeling.

  13. I DISAGREE WITH ALOT OF WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING. NORMAL, AS A WORD, JUST MEANS PREDICTABLE.

    IF PEOPLE CAN’T PREDICT WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU SHOULD BE THINKING, WHAT YOU SHOULD FEEL, HOW YOU SHOULD ACT … BLAH DE BLAH DE BLAH … THEY GET SCARED.

    PEOPLE FIGURE LIFE IS LIKE A GAME OF CHESS, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE OTHER GUY’S MOVES AND WHATEVER’S GOING THROUGH HIS HEAD. IF YOU DON’T YOU’RE SCREWED.

    THATS NOT TRUE, THE INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO ACCEPT THAT BEING SURPRISED, FINDING OTHER POINTS OF VIEW ETC IS THE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO LEARN.

    IF THEY DON’T GET THAT ….. TO HELL WITH THEM. DOES IT MATTER? IF YOU’RE HEALTHY AND HAPPY AND YOU FEEL SECURE BEING WHO YOU ARE THEN FIND PEOPLE WHO’LL SUPPORT YOU. THERE ARE PLENTY OF THEM OUT THERE.

    ::B::

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