Geek Loyalty FTW!
Our friends are some of the most important people in our lives. Sure, family comes first, but friends are a very close second. The good ones are there when things go wrong but the really good ones are there when it’s your own fault. They’re just like family, except they choose to stay with you when you’re an idiot instead of being stuck with you. I was thinking about my most loyal friends and discovered something interesting. The most loyal people I know are Geeks.
It doesn’t matter how big or small the issue, a Geek Friend will back you up to the bitter end. This could mean simply agreeing with you across a cup of coffee that the rest of the world is wrong, unfair, cruel and completely brain dead. It could mean helping you convince someone that Firefly was the biggest loss to TV in the history of forever. It might even be something really serious like standing shoulder to shoulder in a room full of teen girls while you steadfastly insist that Twilight is the world’s worst vampire story. That last one actual risks bodily harm, so that friend is definitely a keeper. Geeks are so loyal they’ll even defend their favorite shows/comics/movies long after those things have passed into history.
But the thing that strikes me most about Geek Friends is that their loyalty to each other doesn’t really have to involve taking sides. It’s about sharing a passion for things in the Geekverse and having that turn into a genuine connection. They are there when you have a horrible day and are ready to commiserate with exactly the right Geek reference to make you laugh about your boss or about the dent in your new car. They get you even when other people don’t. And they tend to band together, especially online, and use the power of their combined Geekiness to make whatever has gone wrong with your day just a little less awful.
Geeks are typically stereotyped as loners. They’re supposed to lack all social skills, live in their parents’ basement and do nothing but play games and watch TV. In reality, the Geeks I know are an incredibly social bunch and the most loyal friends, and best back-up, a person could hope to find. Geek Loyalty FTW!