Why Kids are Geeks (and why we should all strive to be kids)
Whether you adore little kids and their positive outlooks on life or you loathe their constant caffeine-like high and grubby, fidgeting hands, let’s face it:
Kids are geeks.
In fact, kids are, and always will be, the only pristine form of Geek that will ever walk the Earth. With their innate sense of being themselves, children have yet to be corrupted and trained to hide who they are, what they love, and what they believe in to fit the mold society (parents, peers, and the media) presses against us. A child will stare at a handicapped person, not with pity or horror, but with innocent curiosity on why that human looks like a robot with their prosthetic leg or why they are in a wheelchair with a tube in their nose. It’s this innocent curiosity that we lose as we get older when we’re taught not to stare at, point to, or question anything that isn’t deemed ‘normal’. It’s this innocent curiosity that allows humans to grow and learn about themselves and others around them. It’s this innocent curiosity that we need to soul search for as we get older, with more layers of security added as each birthday passes.
I love kids. I work with them all throughout the summer, volunteering for the children’s programs at my local library and as a CIT for a day camp. It’s with these kids that I feel most comfortable, because I know they aren’t going to judge me. They don’t care what race or religion I am as long as I push them on the swings. They don’t care what my sexuality or gender is as long as I help them find the book they’re looking for. If I am kind and friendly to them, they like me. That’s all that matters. And that should be all that matters as we get older, but how quickly we are blinded when we are placed in the orderly line set to keep everyone organized and the same.
Humans need to learn from their smaller form, and strive to be like them in the sense of unconditional love (not unlike that of a dog’s), acceptance, and zest for life. Sure, we want to grow up from the days of temper tantrums, but we don’t want to lose sight of the most important values to have. If every single person showed just who they are and accepted others in the way a kid does, we’d have a lot less hate, bigotry, and anger in the world.
A true geek isn’t just an expert on their topic of choice, whether it be movies, books, comics, or other nerdy things. A true geek isn’t just someone who reads under the covers at night to avoid an early bedtime or tries to defeat the next Pokemon gym leader before the school bus comes in the morning.
A true geek is in touch with their inner child.
(Oh, I probably should introduce myself. I’m Rizzo, and Colin is my Musically-Inclined-Older-Brother-I-Never-Had. I do have a real older brother, but we’ll talk about him another time.)