How many of you have heard it said that geeks will rule the world? I certainly heard this growing up. The moral of this story is to not be mean to geeks and to not take advantage of their intelligences. However, my experience with American youth is that geeks might not rule the world after all.
You might ask why and I can give you a simple answer or a long answer. (Since this is a blog, I’ll give you both.) The simple answer is:
Being intelligent does not necessarily equate to being a head of the world.
What on earth does this mean? For me to explain, allow me to go into the general descriptions (also known as stereotypes) of people based on their academic scores.
- You have your A students. They are most commonly known as your geeks. They sit and do their homework, get great grades, don’t really have friends, don’t really do anything much with their time (other than robotics, chess, and other mentally-stimulating clubs).
- Then comes your B students. They are the geeks who don’t try to hard. They often partake in extracurricular activities like drama, band, the yearbook creation, and/or the journal. These half-geeks are usually friends with other half-geeks and are the bridge between normal and smart people.
- Next are your C students. These people are the ones who don’t do their homework, usually. They are the ones who hang out, call friends nightly, take part in artistic/dramatic endeavors, etc. These are the beginning of the normal people, the everybody else people.
- After that come your D students. These people are supposedly those who are like your B and A students, except for whatever reason, they don’t want to be like the typical geek. So they don’t do their homework, they don’t try.
- And finally is your F student, also known as the bully, the junkie, the one who will never do anything with his life.
These conceptions are not only relevant (Since I am young, I know what I’m talking about when it comes to grades 6-12.) but also do not dictate the level of success these people will accrue.
Take geeks for example, there is a subculture of these people who are hard-core anime/manga/video game fans. They make costumes, buy wigs, and go to cons (like a lady gaga concert for little monsters, except these events are full of musicians for the animes, the writers of these series, and the voice actors). These geeks are more like everybody else in the sense that they have hobbies, have friends, and are not as solitary as initially imagined.
What this all boils down to is success.
No, one’s intelligence does not equate to one’s success. Success takes more than brains, it takes will-power, it takes courage, it takes focus, it takes dedication. These are internal qualities of character, not of intelligence. Any one of these groups of people can succeed in whatever she or he chooses. The only thing that I find most likely will happen is that those B and C students will have a better chance of finding something they would like to do with their energy, time, and talents because they are the half-way house between those who care about their schooling and those who care about their pleasure.