(The book is Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken, in case you don’t get my copy when I’m finished.)
I expertly explained to my fellow hostellers with whom I bunked over the weekend, “the Tour De Nerdfighting is put on by the vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green. They make videos on numerous topics and edu-tain better than anyone I’ve met in either the education or the entertainment industries. What’s more is that their purpose for nerdfighting is to “decrease world suck and increase awesome.”
That’s a philosophy I can live with.
Sunday afternoon found me, or I found it (I hate to be so passive), in a line of fellow nerdfighters, most of them much younger than me, wrapping around the block which is the Bagdad Theatre. The Fault In Our Stars van was parked there as a living icon, or ideology, of something great. And it is difficult to say whether it is that John and Hank are the great leaders of the nerdfighting movement or not. They claim we are a community; they act as though they defer to us. Our questions and punishments and twitter comments and vlogs inform them about that which they must speak. The topics range, and given thier five year influence, are starting to have larger impact in the form of charities (water.org, this-star-won’t- go-out foundation, etc.).
A powerful message for the frustrated humanitarian, at odds with the “worldsuckincreasers” around every phony promise or sneaky trade. But, I can be a hero too, according to John, and Hank, and the communities I choose to engage with; us, one at a time.
There’s no grade for this kind of thing, no act too small. Talk about taking the pressure off…
And so I left the Bagdad feeling how it felt, had a slice of pizza, and walked back to the small community at the Hostel. To the man who ate a bagel with a fork. To the woman who practiced hulahooping in the early morning hours. To someone who would indulge my poetic fancy that salmon are the secret to saving the biosphere. And to a new natural high I hadn’t felt since summer camp, back in ‘93.
The sweetest dreams are made of: