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A 10 year old neighbor boy wants me to teach him to play chess. He is very good in math and science, he belongs to the school math club. His teenage sister told him he is a geek and that all smart kids are geeks and that playing chess would certify him as a geek. Are we all geeks?
I don't mind being called a geek, the fact is I get called a lot worse.
Here's the thing. Geeks either learn to be both cool and smart, and have awesome lives, or they get fabulously rich by becoming engineers or Bill Gates, and have awesome lives, or both. The cool kids have a good time in school as a consolation for boring lives afterwards.
That said, chess isn't very geeky. I've known plenty of cool people who played. Remember that his sister is probably trying to put him down.
No, no, no, all wrong!
GEEKS play Dungeons & Dragons.
NERDS play Chess.
I don't really care when people call me greek or nerd or anything. I am a 17 years old high school student and peer's pressure wasn't really a matter to me. I am always cool with my friends and I always have my own style of clothing, and if you don't like me cause I am better you all I can say is "don't be jealous cause I am smarter than you = )
"Hey, I am a greek and nerdy, so don't let me get cooler than you = )" -Freelancer131
Considering his sister had to resort to namedropping, she probably isn't as intelligent as him (as he appears to be, by the way you described him). So this event can either be a product of ignorance or jealousy.
In fact, I would rather be a geek (or nerd, or whatever terminology you would like to use), than a "normal" person as they are deftly manipulated and exploited to squeeze every possible piece of money out of them (clothes, makeup, all that crap) but these things simply increase their insecurity. Also, they're boring. And dumb.
So teach him chess.
same here... AMEN for that brother!!!
If she wants to call...
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that is why some of us know how to fight, but yes the rich part is nice
that is true which means you better get some friends in high places like I do as well as fight
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