The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth is a book by Alexandra Robbins which summarizes the story of seven different teenagers that have many different problems, which many of todays teenagers also have. I found myself having many similarities to the teenagers in the story, for example, when with her group Whitney, the popular bitch, thinks “You didn't day that when we were alone, but now that you're in front of a group you do” (Robbins 21). I can relate to this because I feel as though many people are pressured to say or do things they normally wouldn't whenever they are with their group or ‘clique’. Robbins has this idea that the freaks and geeks, or “cafeteria fringe” will someday grow up and use what they are criticized for to become more successful than the other peopler people. She calls this the ‘Quirk Theory’ (Robbins page 11). This helped me to learn that right now, in high school, not being ‘popular’ may seem like the end of the world, but the reality of it is that after these four years, it wont even matter, but what will be important is how you learned to grow as a person and the true friendships that were made. This makes me want to focus more on my education and learning to grow as a person instead of focusing on how many friends I have or who I sit with at lunch, because truthfully it wont matter once high school is over.
The seven different people Robbins talks to include Blue (the gamer), Regan (the weird girl), Whitney (the popular bitch), Noah (the band geek), Eli (the nerd), Danielle (the loner) and Joy (the new girl). The stories she explains for each of these people, involve some part of the quirk theory. She gives each of them a challenge to remove them from their comfort zones, this helps each of them to learn a valuable lesson and be able to grow as people. The goal Robbins had in writing this book was to teach that popularity and your ‘clique’ may be important now, but what will really be important is the characteristics learned throughout the ‘High School experience’.
Another lesson that I was able to learn form this book was that, I should not judge people, because we all have our differences and problems. One story that struck out the most to me would have to be Blue’s (the gamer). He is a gay teenager and has to deal with the fact that his mom insist he goes to the military and not college. At one point his mom yelled at him saying things like “Answer me, goddamit, before I beat the shit out of you” (Robbins 106). This helped me to realize that, although people may not show it at school, we all face many problems through our lives and we should never judge anyone.
Robbins also talks about conformity struggles and says that it is a global problem. She ststese that “capacity for divergent thinking declines steadily from 98% at age 3-5 to just 2% at age 25 as we progress through the education system” (Robbins 289). This shows us how much schools teach conformity, even without trying to purposefully do it, and that we need...