Sir.Cracked (140212) writes "I've not seen a discusson on this question and can't think of any community that would have better thoughts on it than Slashdot.
It seems that one of the common threads of many of the people on this site are the experiences we went through in school at the hands of our peers. To a greater or lesser degree, we all seem to have experienced ostracism, bullying, and sometimes downright abuse for being different. The question is, Is that experience simply an effect of being who we are in the society of today, or is there something inherently necessary about that to becoming a geek. Would someone be less of a geek if they didn't pass through that crucible? The question becomes quite relevant to the many geeks who are having kids, who want their kids to be geeks like them, but obviously want to spare them the pain they went through. In a perfect world, would it be possible to be a geek and never feel outcast, at least not more so than non-geeks, or is that an essential part of the process of becoming a geek?"