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Geek Pride Day: Know and start respecting geekiness
May 25 is observed as the Geek Pride Day across the world to respect geeks and nerds - people who are blessedly passionately or crazy about a pursuit - who are often made fun of by the mainstream people.

However, currently geeks are in demand since they are deemed as crazy go-getters and accomplishers. The Economist magazine in its one of the issues of 2012 had observed, "Those square pegs (geeks) may not have an easy time in school. They may be mocked by jocks and ignored at parties. But these days no serious organization can prosper without them."

Though, the word comes from English dialect geek or geck meaning a "fool" or "freak" but these days the word is used for an enthusiast or obsessed person who is immensely absorbed in a hobby, craft, technology or intellectual pursuit and not bothered about socialization or rewards. Such persons also regarded to be respectable part of human diversity.

According to Olivia Munn, being a nerd or a geek means having passion, power and intelligence. Currently, the term geek is being used for a person who is single-minded or accomplished in scientific or technical pursuits who otherwise may be socially inept.

Patrick Rothfuss while extending the meaning of the term says, "Being a geek is about loving something passionately beyond all reasons or sense. And it need not necessarily be related to science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, etcetera. You can be a gardening geek, a model train geek, stamp collecting geek, a baby geek, etcetera."

Thus geekiness stands for a passion and whole-hearted enthusiasm for a pursuit without bothering about what others think of it. In Silicon Valley parlance, a geek is a software or hardware engineer who is obsessed with his and her work. It is now a well recognized fact that technology geeks now exert a powerful influence over the global economy.

Neil deGrasse Tyson in his book writes, "You know that passage in the Bible that says, 'And the meek shall inherit the Earth'? Always wondered if that was mistranslated. Perhaps it actually says, 'And the geek shall inherit the Earth'."

Author Mark Roeder finds the rise of the geek and a new phase of human evolution. In his book, "Unnatural Selection: Why The Geeks Will Inherit The Earth" he suggests that "the high-tech environment of the Anthropocene favours people with geek-like traits, many of whom are on the autism spectrum, ADHD, or dyslexia. Previously, such people may have been at a disadvantage, but now their unique cognitive traits enable some of them to resonate with the new technological zeitgeist and become very successful."

According to John Burnside, geeks are enthusiasts and treat life as a pursuit with a passion without getting bothered by others. In the same vein Zachary Levi says "Ones whose (geeks') unbridled passion for something defines who they are as a person, without fear of other people's judgment."

Even Bill Gates has advised that "Be nice to nerds (geeks). Chances are you'll end up working for one."

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