What is it about being a Geek that enthralls so many of us? To be a Geek is liberating, it allows us to pursue our passions and to enjoy things to their fullest extent. I am passionate about Science Fiction, Fantasy, Video Games, Books, and just about anything else that people can obsess over. Sometimes it seems that people judge me because to be a geek means that I waste my time when that can be better spent elsewhere. While I agree that too much of a good thing is a bad thing, I would counter that by saying being a Geek is a search for truth. No I might not be a Descartes or an Albert Einstein, but a search for truth defines me. Don’t believe me?
In every aspect of being a Geek we are faced with characters who have to choose what to
do. Let’s look at one of my favorite video games: Undertale. Undertale is a game that challenges the player’s concept of morality as the fate of a world is placed into our hands. We can choose to kill monsters or to befriend monsters. The game will reward or punish you depending on those choices you make. In this game, you have to go out of your way to be a cruel person. Undertale made me want to be a better human being as I began to see the consequences of my choices on display. It challenged my sense of morality and of how I see the world. Still don’t believe me?
Let’s look at Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings has so much character development, I have to just take a second and applaud one of the greatest writers of the 20th century: J.R.R. Tolkien. In his book, we see the sometimes childish Pippin grow into a warrior of Gondor, the hero Boromir redeem his mistakes through death, and Samwise Gamgee finds courage when all hope appears to be lost. These stories make me want to emulate those
traits and to develop them within my life.
Do you want even more proof? Alright, let’s dive into the Marvel Universe. Here we have a plethora of characters, from Spiderman to Captain America to Iron Man. They all have flaws that they have to overcome or they are destroyed by them. Watch Daredevil on Netflix and you are thrown into a whole new world of philosophy of kill or be killed. What do we do when faced with an unwinnable circumstance?
Every aspect of fandom has something positive that you can take from it, whether it is Attack on Titan, Undertale, Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, or Magic the Gathering. I know that sometimes you can have way too much of a good thing and you need to find balance in your life. But I am also convinced that all truth is God’s truth. We seek out truth wherever that may be and we get to meet some clever, deep, and powerful characters along the way (kind of like a pilgrim). I’m not saying this method is perfect but I’m a Geek; I see these characters grow and it makes me want to be a better person. Perhaps I’m a bit foolish or naive (wouldn’t be the first time) but I’ll definitely have more fun along the way.
Until Next Time.