More or less, Nightsblood claims that he grew up in a hard and competitive environment, he was n't affected by any metal brotherhood spirit and thus he considers such kind of attitude "normal', "realistic" and "practical" (correct me, mate, if I didn't understand well and altered something from the meaning of what you were telling us).nightsblood wrote: Ion- Your definition of 'metalhead' is different than mine, which is fine, and it explains your POV on this subject. Just to provide some context for my own POV: I grew up in a rural area of the US in the late 80s. Thus, there was no metal scene at all, and most of the bands I like now were already long gone by the time I got into metal seriously. Ive never lived in an area with good access to concerts, and even the colleges I attended never had any semblance of a metal scene around them, so I never got into the 'metal as a way of life' type of fandom; I was never exposed to it. Thus, while I'm a fan of many bands, I've never felt any close, personal attachment to bands on an individual basis.
In the poor, rural area of the US I grew up in, 'horse trading' was a common activity; I was trading coins and toys by the time I was 8 years old. I spent summers at flea markets selling comic books off the tailgate of a pickup truck. You learned early to watch your step or you'd get ripped off. When I was about 7 years old my parents had a yard sale and some old lady tried to rip me off by giving me a quarter for something that my parents wanted $5 for. My own grandma ripped a little kid off; his dad had a piece of antique glass for sale at a flea market. Granny didn't want to pay his price for it, so she waited until he went to the bathroom, then hurried over and talked his 10-year-old kid into selling it to her much cheaper, then she took it and ran before daddy got back to his booth. In that relatively impoverished environment, $5 was a lot to many people, so you know the seller was out to get as much $$ as possible, and the buyer was out to spend as little $$ as possible.
What I'm trying to say from the beggining of this thread, is that this kind of mentality and attitude is what one must expect from a collector. If you choose to be a collector it's either because you have it or most possible you are about to obtain it. But since this discussion gets out of the borders of metal and becomes a debate about moral values and ideals, I will end it here. I'm no fucking preacher, Jesus or a saint to say to the others how to live their lives. From my side this discussion is considered closed.
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