Why Being a Geek Isn't a Bad Thing ...

Being a geek means you don’t get the girls/guys until you’re in your late 30’s early 40’s and earning the big bucks. Being a geek means that every now and then you will be called weird. Being a geek means that you won’t hear people describe you as “the life of the party”, unless it is preceded with the words “he/she thinks he/she is”. If you are a geeky girl, then you will probably date when you are in your teens, but it will be one of your dad’s work friends, with a big gut or beard or some other loser (you know in the back of your mind he’s a loser, stop fooling yourself because you are fooling nobody else). If you are a geek, it means that you are going to spend your school life getting bullied.

What people forget though, is that, to quote the movie Trainspotting, we do it because……its fun!

It’s fun to listen to the commentaries on the DVD extras, so that you know stuff that others never will. It’s fun to learn programming so that you can write a program to rule the world (one day). It’s fun to know the comic books’ back-stories and the reasons why Rogue can fly in the X-Men comics and TV shows. It’s even more fun to be furious at the fact that Rogue cannot fly in the movies, and that she does not have a hip 80’s woman-on-top accent and attitude. It’s fun to secretly enjoy “The Phantom Menace” and the new “Star Trek” film; they are good films, just don’t admit it. It’s fun to hear people talk about how earthquakes happen, or why a person with a mole must have had cancer, and to know they are wrong, and that you are right. It is even more fun to “not bother correcting them, because they will never understand” (condescending nudge nudge, wink wink). It’s even fun to recognise a 40 year old Monty python reference, know what I mean?

So long as a geek maintains at least a slender grip on social interaction (so as to not become reclusive) then being a geek can have a lot of very good side effects, especially when you grow into your later years. The geek culture restricts access to dumbed-down culture. If this were a crappy American movie, then it would be called jock or cheerleader culture. These are cultures that celebrate idiocy and revere people with poor judgement. Being a geek, especially when young, means that you have little exposure to this culture. This means that as you grow older, you maintain the ability to learn. So, when the jocks and cheerleaders have lost fingers, had too many kids, have a crappy job and a crappy marriage, the geek will have made mistakes BUT learnt from them so as to have a better life.

A geek maintains his/her ability to learn, so that they do not repeat the same mistakes. They learn to stop putting themselves in situations that make them unhappy. They are also better able to solve problems in their life. If a geek has problems with repetitive tasks on the PC, then a geek may pick up a book and learn C-programming to solve it. A geek will stop her dog chewing the carpet up, by learning what makes her puppy do it. The ability to learn new skills and avoid old mistakes is a solid long term human quality.

Repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the definition of insanity (Scott Adams).

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
(Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honourable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
(George Bernard Shaw)

Blessed are the Geek, for they will inherit the earth.
(Matthew 5:5.¾)

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