I want to disagree on this statement that I have just heard in the middle of a conversation with a security guy. Yes they smoke, listen to music, relax.
But they do worry about work and money. Rastas want to fight for justice, for respect, and a better world, unity.
To do so, they react peacefully, lots of them wear shirts and get up in the morning to go to work, because they have a fight to lead. In order to lead this fight you have to show that you are like everyone else and nothing dispense you from doing the same work, even though it is Babylone system. No, you go to work, you do what you have to do, but you do it in a different way, by showing people that you can still use and respect your own values even if you work in a business company, you need honesty and make everything equal for everyone. I have met reggae / rasta people working in various fields. This does not mean anything. At the end of the day, what you want is a peaceful world, so you say yes for doing things, but you say no to the way they are done to do them in your own peaceful way and in which it would not affect people badly or at least in which the damages are limited to a very little amount.
Rasta people do not live in a different world. This statement is completely wrong. They feel the pain of the world because they try to bring joy out of the sadness of life. They know life is hard and that it is even harder in the society when you wear dreadlocks. They fight to change this, to see the positive in life, and to make the world a better place. Rasta they see the hatred of the world, the wars, they are indignant about that. They just want to answer peacefully. Maybe smoking make them see something else about the world but they are fully aware of the reality of the world, and that is the reason why they have dreadlocks, that is the reason why they want to react in a more peaceful way. They are not alien. They are also humans and decide to take a different approach to life, which actually seems quite right to me.
My bredda used to tell me ...
No ... Reggae music is not sad, it is about respect, love, what's good, what is to be changed. Or, eventually it may be sad when depicting the reality but what I personally feel when I listen to reggae music is strength, love, unity, justice, peace. This is what I want to the world.
One of my lecturer at university once saw me completely devastated, like never, because people always see me with a smile. When he saw me like this, he took me to his office, talked to me, I talked to him. And at the end of the conversation he told me ...
Jah people are cultivated about the world.