Nerd vs. Snobs
Snobs, be it a coffee snob, wine snob, tech snob, sports snob, political snob, the medium they use to “snob out” on is a means toward building status that is higher than those in the medium or community and those outside it.
Nerds, on the other hand, (coffee nerds, wine nerds, tech nerds, sports nerds, political nerds, theater nerds, star wars) , the medium they “nerd out ” on is a means toward having an experience and satiate curiosity. It is a medium to learn and experience the world and oneself. When nerds encounter people who are interested in their nerd medium, yet maybe this person doesn’t know as much or doesn’t have as much experience as the nerd, the nerd is psyched for the following reasons:
1. Now here are more nerds in their medium, more people to nerd out with.
2. they get to nerd out and get excited about something with other fellow nerds.
3. There nerd market just got that much bigger, and shall be that much better served.
When snobs encounter a new person, they are excited because now they can display their status, and there is a new person below them. However it is also a threat. The new person could ask a question they might not know the answer to, undermining status. They are competition for status, and my one day beat the snob. For the snob, it is better hold information and experience, be closed off, fight to maintain status. The snob remains indifferent and aloof, guarding information and experience, trying to make this status seem important.
The nerd remains excited and engaged, sharing information and experience.
In short, we need more nerds, and to cultivate inner nerdiness.
I will write more about the elements of nerdom, and how they relate to coffee.