Lebron wears them. That cool barista at the corner coffeeshop wears them. You are totally contemplating buying some. The fact that eyeglasses--with or without lenses in them, just as long as they are chunky, prominent--are now a fashion fad tells you something.
The age of the nerd has begun. It is cooler than ever to let your nerd flag fly.
- Someone so obsessed with a particular set of knowledge (robots, 18th century Russian political philosophy, William Shatner), or just knowledge in general, that they care very little about everything else, in particular their own level of cool, and social image.
- Someone hungry to understand.
- Someone who "geeks out" on their quirky joys.
- Someone who wants to learn first, project second.
- Someone who knows what it's like to not fit in.
Being a nerd is not only trending, it works. Number-crunching savants (like Nate Silver) rule the pundit circles. Storytellers that connect semingly disparate data points (like Malcolm Gladwell) rule the bestseller lists. Thoughtful, introspective leaders (like President Obama or Whole Foods CEO John Mackey) rule the world. And let us not forget who Superman's alter ego was...
A true nerd pursues truth, an understanding. They are naturally curious, tolerant, and can empathize with that feeling of falling on your face trying. My bold prediction for a world run by nerds is that these same characteristics will spread everywhere else. We'll have more conversations, less posturing; we'll use books for reading, not thumping. The jocks of the world (those folks that can't spell 'vulnerability' and can't stop banging their chest) will have a hard time fitting in. Their power structure, run on intimidation and bravado, will give way for that of the truth-seeking, ego-less nerd.
Ask yourself, who really runs the world?...Nerds!