I am not an expert.
Not at survival. Not at firearms. Barely at web development.
Does being an Expert matter?
Yes, of course it does. We not to trust the source of the information we’re given. We want to know that the guy teaching us isn’t feeding us BS. But does someone have to be an expert for the information they’re sharing to be accurate? That’s a bit tougher of a question and one I want to talk about.
I’m going to ramble a bit here, but this is something that’s been on my mind a lot and I want to discuss it with the followers of this page and see what you think.
As I said above. I’m not an expert. I’m a guy who has some basic bushcraft, survival, and firearms knowledge. But I’m learning more everyday, and that excitement for learning makes me want to share it with you. So I share with you the things I find out, either through research or preferably through real world experience. However, sometimes, this makes people question my knowledge and experience. And I can’t blame them of course. You want to trust your source.
But sometimes I think we take the expert thing too far.
Don’t get me wrong. Experts are great, and should be trusted. They’ve put in the time and effort to prove themselves. There is an issue that comes occasionally though. They become set in their ways and refuse to accept new ideas or ways of doing things. It happens to everyone. Then when some new guy who thinks he’s cool (me) comes along they refuse to accept his experience and ideas as valid, simply because he’s not an expert. To me this is an issue. We should always be open to learning, even if we’ve been doing something for 100 years. Because with time comes new and better ways (and occasionally worse ways) of doing things. As I’ve learned and experienced things I’ve seen that my old ideas (many of which came from experts) were wrong or could use improvement.
So What’s Your Point?
So does someone need to be an expert for you to trust their ideas? Or if someone is an expert, are you automatically going to accept what they teach? I think the answer should be no. And that’s not me saying the experts are wrong. Usually they’re not. Instead, my point is that you should try these ideas out for yourself.
Especially in the world of survival and prepping. If you want to survive and be prepared for any situation, you need to practice. You need to experiment, and you need to find solutions that meet your needs and work for you. Don’t take anyone’s word for it. Try it out and if it works keep doing it regardless of what others say, and if it doesn’t work be open and honest enough to admit it. I am, or at least I try to be. So I expose you to ideas that you can take and incorporate into your preparations or not. That’s up to you. And if you discover I’m wrong, please let us know in the comments. Share your knowledge so we can all learn and grow. There’s some great examples of this on the DIY Ballistics Gel article. There are so many great ideas including examples where people tried it themselves. That’s the type of knowledge sharing I hope to promote with this site.
So no. I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy who cares about survival and firearms and who wants to share what he has learned and is learning with the world, so they can try it out for themselves as well.
As always. Stay awesome.