Top 10 Reasons to Appreciate Marilyn Manson

Aragorn98
Almost everyone is mixed about Marilyn Manson. People either really love him or mercilessly trash him (heck even Gwar themselves made fun of him one time). I'm personally mixed too. I'm not really a huge fan of his whole gothic image or some of his songs (I do think a few of his songs are okay though). But what I do like about him is that he does have some very interesting ideas and he seems to have a good personality too.

Now hear me out. Even if you do dislike something that doesn't mean there isn't any good things about it. Everything has its pros and cons, and Manson is no exception. Manson is actually really smart and I've learned a few things from him that have helped me out in life (but I wouldn't go as far as to say he saved my life. Bands don't save lives. If anything, you save your life). The reason I made this list is to show some of the good things about Manson (mostly his philosophies and stuff).

You're still free to dislike Manson if you want. I completely understand because the guy isn't for everyone (if you can't stomach at least one song or music video by him then simply walk away). But just know that he does have some interesting ideas that do deserve to be acknowledged.

The Top Ten

1 He States That You Must Be Careful of What You Wish For

Now you're probably thinking "When did he say this? " He expressed this through the lyric "When all of your wishes are granted, many of your dreams will be destroyed." It's a lyric at the end of his song Man That You Fear.

The lyric means that we don't realize the consequences of what we wish for. Things that we think are good at first suddenly turn out to be bad once we actually get them. So be careful what you wish for. - Aragorn98

2 He States That You Should Be Yourself

This is true. Always be yourself and make a difference (but always be careful of what you're doing and make the right choices). - Aragorn98

3 He States That It's Better to Use a Curse Word Than to Hurt a Person

This has helped me because back then I used to be pretty violent whenever I was angry with someone, but now I know hat it really is better to cuss than to hurt somebody (all of that I learned from Manson. And he himself doesn't even use profanity in normal conversations. He only uses it when he's angry). - Aragorn98

4 He's Willing to Accept Challenges

During an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Manson told O'Reilly that he respects him for challenging him. That's really smart of him to say because it's true. Life does have challenges and we have to face them and overcome them to prove how strong we really are. - Aragorn98

5 He States That Spirituality is Something You Have to Find in Yourself

He also states that being spiritual is not about living in fear, praying, or hoping that you're not gonna go to hell. I agree with him because whether or not you are spiritual, you shouldn't live in fear because you probably wouldn't even live in a right way. We all have to overcome fears to properly live. - Aragorn98

6 He's Against Victimization

In one of his quotes he states that we live in a society of victimization, where people are more comfortable with being victimized than actually standing up for themselves. We really do because are too scared of standing up for themselves. We gotta start being brave and thinking about ourselves for once. - Aragorn98

7 He States How Important Art Really Is

He once stated that art should be a question mark and never an answer, but one interesting thing he said about art was that if people stopped and realized how much art and creative people move the world versus politics and religion, and how it's not even up for debate.

I do think art is important. Heck everything is technically art. But I don't need art to survive though (what we do need to survive is food, water and shelter. Just saying). - Aragorn98

8 He Has a Reason to Criticize Christianity

He states that he has nothing against Jesus nor does he disagree with any ideals Jesus was trying to get across. He just doesn't like how people have used them to exploit others and have them feel guilty for having an imagination and being individuals. - Aragorn98

9 He States That You Shouldn't Feel Guilty for Being Human

He says that all the seven deadly sins are man's true nature. To be greedy, to be hateful, to have lust, etc. Of course you have to control them but if you're made to feel guilty for being human, then you're gonna be trapped in a never-ending sin-and-repent cycle that you can't escape from and you'll just end up being miserable.

I agree with this. It's like what film director Stanley Kubrick once said "Man isn't a noble savage. He is an ignoble savage." Man is an ignoble savage, but we really do have to control our thoughts, words and actions. But we should also know that we're not perfect and that we shouldn't always feel guilty for the things we've done. I mean yes you should feel guilty for a certain bad thing you've done but don't feel guilty all the time. - Aragorn98

10 He Himself States That He Doesn't Encourage Harm in People

I think we all know this by now but it's true. Don't listen to what the media says about him. He claims that his music was never meant to encourage bad behavior in people. - Aragorn98

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