"Personally I believe a goth is a person who accepts his darkside and explores it in a attempt to learn more about himself.
Many would disagree, but this is my belief. Black velvet doesn't make a goth, neither does pale makeup.
The true goth is on the inside. [...]
The goth can see things that the normals refuse to see. The beauty hidden in the sweet caverns of darkness. The darkness of the subconscious.
So what makes a goth a goth? A true goth is one who see the darkness all around but is not afraid."
-- TwiliteSol (email@example.com)
(This was posted on alt.gothic newsgroup)