I believe the state of a society can be measured by the unofficial holidays it celebrates. Let's put it this way: In the 21st century there is a "Ditch New Years Resolutions Day" (January 17th), a "Compliment Your Mirror Day" (July 3rd) and a "Punk for a Day Day" (October 25th). Not to mention that even Disney characters seem to have their own day of honor. You' re into Donald Duck? Then save June 9th! All this is proof enough for me that mankind is genuinely screwed. But maybe there is hope: The International Geek Pride Day seems to rise from the vacuum of pointless pseudo holidays as the shining figurehead of a real, meaningful feast.
Why? Because the world needs geeks more than geeks need the world? Probably not – and I'm having a hard time with the answer myself, because seriously, what is "geek" to you in 2018? Should we celebrate geek culture or put the term in the same dusty drawer in which (thank God) emo and hipster labels have been resting for years now? Make your voice heard in our survey!
A brief explanation of this special day's history: Geek Pride Day is an initiative that claims the right of every person to be a “geek” (or “nerd”). It has been celebrated every year since 2006 on May 25th in honor of the premiere of the first Star Wars film in 1977. To celebrate the first Geek Pride Day, even a manifesto was written, setting out the fundamental rights of geeks. These include the right to not leave the house, the right to not like football or other sports and, ultimately, the right to take over the world.
Granny Betty, any closing words?
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