Some people have a strong belief or possibly intuition that long hair serves a purpose we know little about. This train of thought can be sparked by an observation of the fact that in the military, at least in the United States military soldiers are made to cut off all of their hair.
Aside from the obvious fact that everyone wearing a bald head in the military makes each individual look like a drone operating in a system, a particular disdain for men with long hair has been present in American culture (mostly people enthusiastic about the military) for a long time. I’m not sure how it is in other countries, but let me tell you a story.
A few months ago I was on an Amtrak train in the United States: in California, where not as many people like this even exist compared to other regions of the US.
On the train, I was walking to go to the bathroom when I saw what must have been a 90 year old man walking down the isle. Long before the old man was about to pass by me, I respectfully moved out of his way into one of the train’s empty seats. I didn’t even look at the man, just respectfully got out of the way so he could pass through.
In response, the old grey haired skinny man wearing one of those extremely old US military hats stopped, turned toward me and said “you’ve got a lot of hair. You should make a noose with it.”
A 90 year old grey haired man on an Amtrak train told me to kill myself for having long hair. Now think back to the 1950’s and 60’s and think about how controversial it must have been for men to have long hair.
This is one side of the spectrum of belief on long hair. I don’t necessarily believe long hair has special powers, but I don’t have enough faith in “science” in understanding every single aspect of biology and spirituality to the point where I believe they have all the answers on what hair even is.
So a balanced perspective might be recognizing that it’s possible there is more to long hair than we know, but little substantial evidence exists to prove this that I can find.
The thing is, people don’t need proof. Things don’t have to be perfectly, scientifically quantified, because some things in life are meant to be spiritual, personal beliefs. However, when the dollar is actually the religion everyone lives and dies by, what would normally be personal, spiritual beliefs are exaggerated and turned into a commodity by people like David “Avacado” Wolfe.
Like Alex Jones, David Wolfe is a favorite for haters to cite for why spiritual people and thinkers are crazy. Snopes and the mainstream media love him.
So Snopes was given easy ammo to burst the bubble of people who believe long hair has hidden properties, because David Avacado Wolfe seemingly fabricated a story that became an urban legend type thing on the Internet.
Wolfe claimed that Native Americans with long hair served as scouts in the Vietnam war. He claimed that a woman was married to a psychologist from a Veterans Affairs medical hospital, and she heard top secret info about how the military went to Native American reservations to recruit scouts. After their hair was cut, their tracking skills were lost. Then “tests” showed that their long hair gave them the ability they lost.
There’s no evidence for this so David Wolfe probably fabricated it. In my opinion he’s a charlatan who makes people genuinely searching for answers look stupid.
Various factual errors could be found in David Wolfe’s article, such as the mention that the War Department was doing things in the Vietnam War, and it was obsolete by that point.
People like David Wolfe are so suspiciously good at making thinkers look stupid, sometimes I wonder if he isn’t actually paid to do that on purpose.
However, if a fool speaks the truth does it become untrue? Of course not: whatever the truth is, it is the truth regardless of whether a foolish person agrees with it, propagates the idea, muddies the waters of the idea, or whatever it is.