Or I guess this thread could also be called "Why I spend my energy on this chapter". I've been listening to this guy named Jack Spirko for a while now. He does these really down to earth podcasts at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com and I was really moved with what he had to say about the "Lone Wolf" problem we preppers face. It's somehting that I have seen face to face in the different groups I have interacted with in the past. I think it is something that naturally comes with the territory because we are a group of people that are fiercely independent (which is why we prep) and we try to do a little bit of everything (which is also why we prep). But in this drive to be more self sufficient and less dependent on the systems we also fall into the trap of thinking I can do everything myself.
But I think Jack argues powerfully that going it alone is never really a good idea.... Listen to the podcast here: http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/episode-893-why-being-a-lone-wolf-wont-work-for-99-or-more-of-disasters:
And I think that this episode really explains why I bother with this chapter. Because we are barely what...6 months old? and already I am starting to see the benefits of being surrounded by a group of decent, intelligent, and like minded people that come to the meetings. The benefits that I am starting to see from the sharing of ideas and knowledge has been immense. Take for example fenster bothering to give some training to members of Chapter XXX and I was able to reciprocate by welding up a broken steel target of his. I've seen helix put out ideas for BOB's at the March bug out that I would have NEVER come up with on my own and he willingly shared them with the group. This kind of stuff makes the group better as a whole and elevates those that bother to participate. These are just two examples off the top of my head but there is a bunch more that do not get recorded in the forum that occur every time this chapter meets. Every single member I've met so far has a unique background and knowledge to contribute. More importantly I am quickly realizing that the best learning and interaction happens in person. It's hard to say exactly why this is the case but something gets lost in text on a forum. This forum is great but the benefits of establishing a local network is waaaay better.
Would love to hear what others thought of this episode are just what their thoughts are on this subject in general.