Hello friends! On the eve of the first annual Gathering of the Goof Punx, I was asked some very pertinent questions by a handful of the attendees. It went something like this:
“Uh, so…what exactly is a Goof Punk?”
“Yeah, is it, like, a goofy lookin’ punk kid?”
“Wait, so am I a Goof Punk?”
After talking it over with some friends, we realized that the Goof Punx movement had been so loosely defined in the past that nobody really knew just what the hell it was, and whether or not they wanted to be a part of it. Sure, some of us had attached our own definition and beliefs and held it up as a beacon of inspiration, others used it as an excuse to party under a banner, and others thought of it as a funny club to be a part of. We were all into different styles of music, but still considered those different varieties Goof Punk. It became this amorphous creature that we could all get behind.
Ultimately, I think that’s a good thing. However, it’s important to draw some distinctions regarding what makes the Goof Punx different from any other group of folks, and so we thought it would be nice to outline a few positions we could all agree on. Therefore, we present to you the first Goof Punx Manifesto. Please, feel free to add to it as you see fit.
We, the Goof Punx, hold these truths to be self evident:
We hold our arms open to everybody that never felt comfortable anywhere else and believe that exclusion is the antithesis of punk. All the goofy weirdos and nerds that could see the worth and usefullness of other people’s beliefs even if they didn’t agree with them, the comic book nerds, the lovers of libraries, the LOVERS, all those people, and more, are welcome here.
All human beings are created equal. But please, don’t be a jerk and use that freedom to hurt others. The Goof Punx believe in a world free of hatred and bigotry, and although that world doesn’t yet exist, we’d like to use the Goof Punk umbrella as shelter from that storm. Racist, sexist, and all other such bullshit has no place with us.
That Action and Fun are analgous to each other, rather than opposites. It’s important to work towards a better world, and it’s just as important to enjoy every minute of your existence. Goof the hell off while making this place better.
That’s it for now. And like I said, please add your own definition. Consider this a wiki movement in which the correction pen belongs to you.