Saturday, September 13, 2008

Being a geek

What does it mean to be a geek? According to the Jargon file entry for "geek" a geek is

"A person who has chosen concentration rather than conformity; one who pursues skill (especially technical skill) and imagination, not mainstream social acceptance. Geeks usually have a strong case of neophilia. Most geeks are adept with computers and treat hacker as a term of respect, but not all are hackers themselves - and some who are in fact hackers normally call themselves geeks anyway, because they (quite properly) regard `hacker' as a label that should be bestowed by others rather than self-assumed."

Now maybe you would find it offensive if someone called you a geek. If so it is probably because of your preconceptions of geeks. Perhaps you would prefer being one of the "cool guys," that it, one who does what "everyone else" is doing. Someone who is unable to think or do on their own.

A geek is a person who swims against the current of popularity, realizing that there is much much more to life than being liked because of what people see on the outside. He is a person who values values and principals more than outer appearances and names.

Geeks are not shallow spectators of life, seeing things from a sideline point of view. No. Geeks are the ones who are the most deeply involved in what they love. They don't half-heartedly do things lest they be thought of as weird. They get in there and give it there all.

I'm sure that you are thinking of someone sitting behind their computer writing code or playing WoW. I cannot say that you are wrong, but I can say that they are not the only geeks. Geeks are the people who try to find out everything that they can about a certain subject matter. For instance, I am an architecture geek. Not only do I do architecture in school, but I am subscribed to 4 RSS feeds and 5 podcasts directly related to architecture. And I check them almost daily.

I am also a Jesus geek. I try to live it every day. If you ask other people, they will tell you that I am a Christian. Not because I asked them to, but because I live it. I try to study my Bible every night, but it doesn't always work out for me. I pay attention and learn in Sunday School and during sermons. I worship with passion and fire because I love it. That is another quality of geeks, passion.
A geek will not sleep or eat because of the passion that they have in them for whatever it is they are doing. Several times during architecture school, I've missed sleep because I was doing my work and enjoying it. I missed doing some other homework last week because I was drawing some parti diagrams because I was enjoying it. I've stayed late at church praying with people well into the night because I love it.

You see, whether it be church, architecture, painting, singing, making smoothies, or starting your own business, it is best to approach it as a geek would, investing your everything into it. You know what they say. You only get out what you put in.


September D. said...

Yay for geeks! I think your blog did a pretty good job of describing the aspect of what makes a geek a geek, and it also told that there are many different types of geeks. :)

I have a blog tooo!!!

September D. said...

He's doing well. The shop's doing well. We're blessed. Thanks for asking. :)