Monday, June 27, 2005

Addendum - GEEK

Just received this magnificent, off the cuff piece of writing from my dear friend Bobo in NYC. A gentle soul is Bobo. She had to step in and clarify something very important. To wit:

a nerd is a smartypants who is of a brilliant mind, no doubt, but who also longs to be socially accepted, loved, "one of the guys" and whatnot. i tend to think of a nerd as the guy in class who didn't show off his intellect, even though it was clearly superior. he saw it, in some ways, as a wall between him & the others. he was reserved. he wanted to "belong" but didn't know how to go about it. many ached for him .... wanted to take him under their wing and boost his confidence. and so the nerd would go on to succeed, yes, but without much glory ..... a brainiac was he, but with his low self esteem, he would never make the strides that his cousin .... the GEEK....... would go on to make.

the geek did not have the hangups our good friend, the nerd, had growing up. he couldn't give a rat's ass what people think of him. he has never been side-tracked by a longing to be "one of the gang" ... never wasted a moment wondering if he was well-liked. he is not quiet about his genius. one could say that he shows off his brilliance whenever possible to boast or brag - but really, he is so oblivious to and unconcerned with social accpetance that you can't even really accuse him of trying to win praise ....... he's just a big geek and facts and figures are all he has. he is socially retarded but has no issue with this - he may not even know he is socially retarded. the nerd, however, is very aware of himself and of other's opinions of him.

the nerd is a feeler. he is very conscious of his awkwardness. he is anxious and insecure.

the geek is a machine. he is not easily wounded .... he knows little human desire ...... his complete social ignorance allows him to go through life never realizing that he is awkward ... never realizing that people's eyes glaze over when stuck in conversation with him ...never realizing that he dresses pretty funny ..... never realizing that he is a geek. and because he has no hangups and does not suffer from low-self esteem which will certainly limit the nerd's achievements, it is the geek who will really change the world.

My mind is officially blown. Zod bless her. Bobo - what think you of this pic for a geek?
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At 11:38 PM, Blogger Martin McFriend said...

That's fucking Jason Lee.

At 8:52 AM, Anonymous bobo souls said...

a fine example of the hyper geek -
an exasperating fellow for sure.
a wunderkind, a whiz and a societal freak -
a genius and our jackass du jour.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger sasefina said...

That is clearly not Jason Lee.

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