Solace of the Solitary
He is very interesting. I have the God Delusion. It's worth a read. He's not a very easy read, but it's very cool. Also, if you haven't read any, check out Steven Pinker and Stephen J Gould
I appreciate that you have your opinion. We should all have our opinions. It's healthy. If you constantly live up to what society wants you to be, you are no longer your own person. You're anautomaton.
As for living like an asshole... Why would you feel like that would bring a spiritual experience? Robbing people is wrong. It hurts them. So does killing people and animals. There is a point where you have to decide what you want to do and what is damaging to yourself and others. My choice of how I wear my hair does not hurt anyone. I have been able to get any job I interview for, so it doesn't hurt me. If you are capable and kind, people notice that and will want to be around you.
I don't consider living any specific way to be spiritual. People who live intepeesor one room houses may not be any more spiritual than those who live in mansions. But it's why you are doing it that makes the difference. Growing dreadlocks for a style will not all of a sudden bring about spiritual revelations. No one ever claimed it would. But if you are already spiritual and see spirituality wherever you go, you are more likely to find a connection with your locks and your beliefs.
You have to find belief on your own. It can not be handed to you by a religious figure, or a hair style, or a sacrament. It has to already come from inside of you.
If it's not there, it's not there.
Of course people pick and choose what they believe. Look at extreme Christian groups that believe in the death penalty and bomb abortion clinics in the name of saving lives. They pick and choose what they believe. Conservative Christians believe in the 7 deadly sins, but still, Homosexuality (which is never condemned in the bible), is what they choose to talk about the most.
Many people, who study different religions find pieces of them that they do believe, and parts that they don't I don't believe that Jesus was the son of god, but if he was alive, I think he was a really cool guy. I studiedBuddhismand and Hinduism, and Native American religions. I don't believe in there being multiple gods, but I do believe in the main tenants of there religions. How about this, I do believe in Acupuncture, aromatherapy, and herbal therapy, but I don't believe in Rakhi.
We have to find what responds to us. I am an self proclaimed molecular spiritualist. I don't believe in the soul. But I do believe that we are all interconnected. We are all made up of the same 40 amino acids, which are all made up of the same elements. When we die, we will all become linked to one and other.
Spirituality does not have to mean God and angels andastral projection.
Like August, myself, and several others have already said, locks do not have to be spiritual to you. But to some they symbolize their spirituality just like taking communion, or having your Bar/Bat Mitzva.
There is no way of proving that something is spiritual to someone or not. Just like you can't prove the existence or lack-there-of of god. You scientifically can't prove a negative.
So locks don't mean anything more, to you, than a cool hairstyle. But to others they mean more.
If you look around the site, not all of the posts were made by the same person. So, there is no bandwagon that people are jumping onen-mass Sure, there are people who claim spirituality when they hear that it's a defense againstdiscriminationin the workplace. But those people are not taken seriously.
Why do you believe that locks only have significance in the Rasta religion? That is very closed minded and it seems like you didn't do your homework when researching the history of locks. Just because the old religions are, for lack of a better word, dead, doesn't mean that people still don't pick and choose what they like to believe about them.
What's spiritual about a totem pole? It's just a tree trunk carved into animal. Not much different than taking a mold and filling it with molten plastic to make a kids toy.
But somehow they mean something completely different. To a child, it's just a colourful object that you can zoom around on the floor or make dance. To NativeAmericans, it symbolizesancestorsand the divine spirit world.
Yes, it is just hair. And, to many, it is just a style. They like how they look with locks. To others it means a bit more. It symbolizes their freedom. Or the they take the bible seriously and believe that god told the judges to never take a razor to their head or sideburns. But some people believe that it brings them closer to whatever they believe. Be it god, or nature, or some cool comic where the main character had locks.
Dreadlocks mean something different to us all
If they are long enough, you can tie them back with themselves. I can't stress how excited I was the day I realized my locks were finally long enough for that.
I have gone to quite a few job interviews and my locks were never an issue. Only reason I didn't get the most recent job was because I was not willing to shave my beard clean. They would not even accept it being cleaned up regularly.
Every other job I interviewed for was more than thrilled to hire me. If you go in with the attitude that they need you to help make the place run smooother, and that you have a lot to offer, your hair should not be an issue at all
It usually means hairs got pulled out of the scalp. If so, there is probably a little too much torque on your scalp. But it would usually hurt a bit. You'd also see more stray hairs at the roots than normal. I'd leave it alone for a few months. See if it stays thin. If it doesn't get any thinner, you're fine. If it keeps getting thinner, you can take some hemp or embroidery thread and wrap the loose hair, growing in, to the lock. In a month or so, that will make a nice big knot at the root and bolster it up.
Is the section skinnier? Or does it just feel thinner at the root? If the section is thinning out, that's not great, but there are ways to fix that.
If they just feel thinner, that's because the hair at the root is still straight. It will be morecompressiblebecause it is not knotted and tangled up yet. Once it grows out and tangles, it will get thicker. It's pretty normal for locks to feel thinner at the root for this reason. I was worried about it for a little while too
They should always be in a constant state of tangle at the roots. Check my video on separating. You'll see what I mean. You never want to see much scalp, if any, between your locks. So if they are messy right no, as they grow out, and get longer,you won't be paying attention to your scalp as much. You, and everyone else, will be focusing on your gorgeous long locks