In honor of April Fool’s day, we’re going to learn about my favorite kinds of fools… Geeks, Nerds, and Dorks. In case you didn’t know, I am a very proud Geek. I advertise my allegiance with shirts that say DORK across my chest as though it was my version of Super Man’s S. I wear the nerdy title with pride, and hope to one day spread the nerd gospel… wait, I already do that. Anyway, let’s talk about what it really means to be one of us.
- an unfashionable or socially inept person.
- a carnival performer who performs wild or disgusting acts.
- verb: engage in or discuss computer-related tasks obsessively or with great attention to technical detail.
- a foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious.
- a single-minded expert in a particular technical field.
- a dull, slow-witted, or socially inept person.
- (North American vulgar slang) the penis.
… Soooooo, let’s just ignore that last one, ‘kay. Anywho, as you can see, by definition, none of these terms should be something that I–or anyone for that matter–should really aspire to be, let alone claim like a badge of honor. Here’s what it really means… Well, to me anyway.
We are people who appreciate and are attracted to the unconventional. While everyone else is worrying about things like sports and popularity, we’re enriching our lives with culture, art, and literature. We create fantasy worlds and live multiple lives because sometimes reality just isn’t good enough. We bond over our shared experiences. We argue hypotheticals. We learn languages that some wouldn’t even bother legitimizing. We set trends and make the impossible possible. We are the builders of the future because we imagined the possibilities of things and move mountains to make it so. We are the keepers of the past that if forgotten we would certainly repeat the same mistakes. We maintain the present because the status quo wouldn’t survive without us.
It’s the Age of the Geek baby 😉
The internet wouldn’t exist if some Nerd hadn’t decided that we needed a faster way to share information. Cell phones, television, radio, microwaves, trains, planes, and automobiles… All by geeks. We might be “socially inept,” “single-minded,” and “boring” to the so-called “norms,” but nothing about a jock or prom queen’s social status would mean anything if not for some Dork’s sacrifice.
So many of us grow up as the black sheep of our families, teased and ostracized by our peers, ignored and underestimated by the masses. We get good grades, work hard, ask for little more than acceptance and the peace to do with our lives what we find enjoyable unencumbered by mainstream ideologies of acceptable behavior.
I love being a Geeky Nerd with Dork tendencies. I love science, science fiction, fantasy, anime, video games, drama, technology, and all of the creative arts. I admire people who are smarter than I, and aspire to inspire the way Geeks before me have. From the theory of relativity to theoretically bending, if not controlling the space/time continuum… I love all things Geek, and being a Geek is why I continue to…
Do More. Require Better