Once, I was interviewed about The Grey Havens Group and quoted as saying, “Tolkien fans really love stuff.” That wasn’t exactly what I wanted to say. What I wanted was to echo the sentiments of YA novelist and Nerdfighter, John Green, who said, “Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love stuff!”
The nerd life is the good life. It is a life of midnight movie premieres because who would want to wait one second longer than they must to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey or Star Trek Into Darkness? It is a life of Doctor Who theme parties and carefully curated Star Wars toy collections. It is a life of fearless passion and shameless glee. It is a thoughtful life, full of mysterious depths. Nerds are not afraid to allow the works of human imagination to function as a “mirour de l’Omme,” looking unflinchingly at how we treat each other by discovering how the bridge crew of The Enterprise treats Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, and Bajorans.
Stargate Atlantis by GHG member, Donna Clement
Middle-aged nerds are not afraid to dress up as their favorite characters and are not ashamed to read comic books or Harry Potter novels on trains and airplanes because nerds know exactly who they are and are happy to flaunt it. This makes nerds remarkably tolerant individuals, people who can show up at conventions and mix among thousands of strangers as if they were attending the best family reunion ever.
Of course, as a class, nerds are not perfect. There are always a few thoughtless or malicious people wherever you go but, for the most part, to self-identify as a nerd is to know yourself as someone who is not content to be unconsciously influenced by the entertainment we consume. Nerds do not live unexamined lives but do all they can to embody the virtues they perceive in fictional protagonists. Inside each one of us, standing on line for hours in a clever t-shirt or elaborate cosplay, is a hero. We would run away with The Doctor in a heart(s)beat and we would give all that we have to help him save the world.
To celebrate the nerd experience, GHG has launched a new Facebook group devoted to all the things nerds love. We invite you to join us in discussing all your geekiest pursuits. Show us what it means to you to be a member of that peerless group- the nerds of planet Earth. Allons-y!