i just really love hank and john green

I Work Here Now???

Nerdfighteria has been a pretty significant part of my life. My dad became critically ill in 2006, a couple weeks before I turned thirteen. Life wasn’t normal after that. It completely flipped upside down, actually. Having already been very active in the Harry Potter fandom, I fell more deeply into the books and the community. That was something that didn’t change when everything else did, you know? I still had that, and that was so important to me. Sometime in 2007, I found some of my favorite wizard rockers on YouTube, and they kept mentioning John Green books and occasionally using the phrase “nerdfighters.” Eventually, I decided to Google the term, and that brought me to the vlogbrothers YouTube channel.

I discovered Nerdfighteria exactly when I needed it. It was lighthearted and fun, and at the same time full of so much heart and a desire to make the world more awesome. There were so many things that really impacted me, but these are the two I remember most clearly and that were the most important:

In the video, “Harry Potter Nerds Win at Life,” John describes the kind of excitement I never stopped feeling about Harry Potter. Not just because I love the story and the characters, but because of what those books meant to me in the scope of my entire life. I cannot even tell you how often my love for Harry Potter was either made fun of or looked down on for being juvenile. But here was this intelligent adult human completely understanding that overwhelming passion and not being embarrassed about it. This is the video in which John said, “Nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… . Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it! Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is, ‘You like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘You are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness.’” Being able to feel like my love of Harry Potter and my involvement in the fandom was not only not stupid, but actually quite cool is a big part of what made high school survivable. Harry Potter was one of the very few things that made me genuinely happy and got me excited, and this video made me feel like that was okay.

Looking for Alaska was also a really big deal to me. I loved the whole book, but I actually wrote a college admissions essay about the labyrinth of suffering. I found it really valuable to imagine everything I was dealing with as a labyrinth of suffering, and to think about how everyone gets caught up in their own labyrinth, spending their lives trying to find a way out. This in particular stuck with me: “After all this time, it seems to me like straight and fast is the only way out—but I choose the labyrinth. The labyrinth blows, but I choose it.”

My essay must have been pretty decent, because I got into my top choice college, and I absolutely loved my time there. I joined our chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, I started a Quidditch team, I made awesome friends who are all nerdfighters and value the same things I value… I was so sad when I had to graduate and enter the “real world.” I wasn’t done making cool things with cool people. I wanted to keep celebrating nerdiness and fighting world suck, and of course I could still do that as an adult, but it wouldn’t be the same. I felt like I was losing a huge part of me.

I got a job I was very thankful to have (nice co-workers, great benefits, etc.), but my commute was horrendous and I had no passion for what I was doing. “Dear Hank & John” was a big help to me during this time, making commutes more bearable and frequently giving exactly the advice I needed at the moment. New episodes were always a bright spot of my week.

When Hank tweeted that they were looking for a head of community and communications, two of my friends messaged me about it (shoutout to Jackie and Kylee), and I couldn’t believe I was actually qualified for a position they were hiring. I decided to go for it. I knew it was a long shot and I didn’t really expect anything to come of it, but I figured I had to at least try. A little over a month later, I tried to process the fact that I was just offered a job working with the community that means so much to me. Within three weeks, I wrapped things up at my old job and moved across the country.

I’m so grateful. Not just to John and Hank, but to the entire nerdfighter community. I’m so grateful to be here in Montana, working with all of you to keep Nerdfighteria awesome. I love being a part of a community that isn’t ashamed to like stuff, and that shares some really important values: compassion, kindness, learning, and imagining others complexly. It’s a really inspiring place to be.

(via @stayuntiltheveryend)

I just watched vlogbrothers for the first time in maybe two years and I’m actually crying a little bit because I missed this I missed this community a good portion of my childhood (I started watching in like 5th or 6th grade!! holy shit!!) was spent with these two as mega rolemodels. I stopped watching because at one point i no longer had a computer and it was suddenly much more work to watch regularly and then once I had access again my anxiety kicked in in the weird way that it does and the thought of catching up(on anything really, not just hank and john) seemed like such a big task that I just didnt do it. Great logic, I know, but anxiety works in weird ways. Idk Im just doing the weird overly emotional thing I do all the time and wanted to gently exclaim into the void about my love for Hank and John Green.

Im going to be somewhat cringey and tag @fishingboatproceeds and @edwardspoonhands because the idea of one of them seeing this fills my heart with immense joy

glitterandfireball  asked:

this may be a stupid question but like...who are you? i know youre Hank Green but like...what do you do? I know tumblr loves you and that your brother's that author dude and you went to my college but other then that i have no fuckin clue. and im sorry if this question makes me sound like a dick im just really confused

Not at all! John and I make YouTube videos at Vlogbrothers and co-host the Mental-Floss and Crash Course channels. I also host SciShow, a youtube show all about science. All of our channels combined have had more than 500,000,000 views, so that’s why people know who I am.

anonymous asked:

Hey mike. I was just curious on what your faith is? I saw your other post where you mentioned a little about it and im just curious is all :p

Hey!

Okay, so this is kind of a difficult thing to talk about. I’m happy to answer, but I do so with the obvious DVD Commentary Disclaimer that I am only speaking for myself, that my views don’t represent the show’s or the other creators of the show, that I don’t (and don’t want to) represent or speak for my or any religion, that I don’t think I’m “right” and you’re “wrong,” that I am a YouTuber and novelist and not a theologian, and etc. etc. you know what I’m getting at. :p

Having said that, to the degree that I’m comfortable aligning with an organized religion, I identify as a (theologically liberal) Christian. Before I transferred to film school, I double-majored in Religious Studies and English Literature at West Virginia University. I had vague ambitions of a career in the clergy, perhaps Catholic (my religious “family of origin,” so to speak). But then I realized how much I wanted to have a career in the arts, and also I met the woman who would become my wife, so obviously my plans changed.

The reason I don’t talk about my faith much is pretty complicated. I’ll try to list the main ones, in no particular order. (Sorry in advance for the undoubtedly rambling nature of what I am about to type!)

- Through books and videos, I want to help as many people as possible, and I worry that the things I make will be assessed differently (or simply dismissed) if people think, Oh, he’s a Christian?, and then project their views of what I believe or what my motivations are onto the things I’ve made.

I think it’s true that my religion informs some of my worldview, but everything I’ve been through in my whole life informs my worldview, including where I was raised and what race I am and what gender identity I have and etc.  I am not the product of just one of those things; no single aspect of my self dictates the global sum of “who I am.” But I think we tend to try to reduce one another to a single stereotypical label, particularly with emotional topics like religion, and we consequently throw up walls prematurely and don’t communicate and connect as much as we could.  I think that stinks, and I think it’s silly, and it breaks my heart.

I want to emphasize that I’m not dismissing the centricity of some aspects of our makeups, nor am I minimizing the challenges that people face because of some chosen or unchosen parts of their identity. But I genuinely want to help people and (corny as it sounds) spread the maximum amount of happiness that I can, and I don’t want people to disallow me from being their friend because we have different belief systems in one very very particular area. Y’know?

I don’t really know what I specifically believe, and I don’t have much interest (read: I have no interest) in debating it. Such debates generally end poorly. :]

I don’t feel like I have intellectual or moral certainty about whether my faith is “correct.” I think other religions are wonderful and beautiful, and I believe in the scientific method. I am well-aware (and horrified) of the flaws of the many institutions of my faith. I cannot begin to explain the Problem of Evil. And if you take enough academic courses on the Judeo-Christian Bible, you’re going to grapple with some questions about the authorship, historicity, and very nature of the text. (Obviously, I came away from those questions satisfied enough — slimly — to continue some semblance of faith.)

But in every Catholic Mass that I can recall, the priest always sings a line I love: “Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.” I know that I feel it is right to be kind and helpful, and that every faith and secular philosophy have profound things to teach us, and I hope that I live up to the earnest and open-hearted call to engage with my inner and outer world’s gorgeous mysteries and ambitions. At least for now, “being a Christian” helps me in that regard.

I’m not being nice because I want to be saved, and I don’t want people to think that about me. Just…ugh, no.

I don’t want to go into a theological debate, and again I don’t really know the answers to this mystery, but suffice it to say that I spend zero time worrying about my or anyone else’s “salvation.” (Uggghhh, it’s tiresome to even type that. It’s gonna be OK. Moving on!)

I’ve gone through many seasons in regards to my spiritual life, and I’m sure I will again. I grew up Catholic, and I sometimes attend Catholic Mass. But I also go to Episcopal churches and Unitarian churches and Zen Buddhist meditation meetings and secular mindfulness training. And I love them all, really.

There have also been times when I’ve been an agnostic or atheist. I’m not saying that I quit being those things because “I learned better.” Other people find sustenance in other ways (and I do, too), which is awesome. I don’t go to church super often, but meditation and prayer (which I mentioned in a previous post) help make me feel less overwhelmed and more productive and helpful. So for now, I just feel comfortable, comforted, and expanded by having a particular kind of spiritual life. 

I don’t really care what religion other people are. I have sooooo much more interest in what people’s values are than I do in how they arrived at those values. And goodness knows Christianity is not the only religion or organization to preach its central, Sermon-on-the-Mount principles.

Here’s an example: Hank and John Green. Hank is an atheist, and I love that guy; John is a Christian, and I love that guy. They’re both decreasing worldsuck. They’re both earnest and trying to live by some semblance of the Golden Rule.

Beyond that, I’ll just shrug my shoulders and give you a hug. Why should I worry about anything else?

- I think I’ve covered the most important things. I’ll be honest: I might very well delete this post soon, because I’m always afraid of things devolving into the kind of debates and accusations that make me want to cry.

But anyway, thanks for the Ask. Hope this was helpful.

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so this is me meeting grace, hannah & mamrie at vidcon 2k14 and am just in awe of this weekend like I titanic-ed with grace, did a beanz face with mamrie and just got to hang out around hannah. people say this all the time but they really truly are so cool and nice and wonderful to be around. WOW IM JUST SO IN LOVE WITH THEM ALL.