This really struck a chord with me. When I started college, it was clear that there was a culture of praising intellectual pursuits while simultaneously vilifying them. Some of the most intelligent people I met would espouse an air of stupidity in order to preserve their social lives. Many of these people would only open up when they trusted that they wouldn’t be judged for being different.
The thing is, most nerds never stop being hated. They start being hated for having unique interests and for being unusually intelligent, but then they’re hated because they become the well-paid bosses of those who refused to accept them in the first place.
If you hate nerds, you’re projecting, so maybe instead of attacking them you should embrace them. You’ll join them if you read a few books and learn a few skills. There’s nothing wrong with being different unless it involves willful ignorance.