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Daily Inspiration: John Green on Nerds

"Saying 'I notice you're a nerd' is like saying, 'Hey, I notice that you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan. Why is that?' In fact, it seems to me that most contemporary insults are pretty lame. Even 'lame' is kind of lame. Saying 'You're lame' is like saying 'You walk with a limp.' Yeah, whatever, so does 50 Cent, and he's done all right for himself."

John Green signed all 150,000 copies of his New York Times bestseller “The Fault In Our Stars.” It’s safe to say that his dedication to signing all his books is also an indication that he isn’t afraid of working hard and doing exactly as he likes. These are two traits that are often blindly referred to as “nerdy” but they are also synonymous with “awesome” and “thoughtful,” something we hope Green’s words can propel us to do and be for today.

"…because nerds like us are allowed to be un-ironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness."

"A spoonful..." by Susan Ringler

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