It's interesting that you raise this point malletzky because I ran into this when I was lecturing in Switzerland. My friend who lived there and had helped organize the lectures didn't want to give out the handouts I had provided for free but wanted to charge people for them. I come from a completely different mindset where information should be free for anyone who needs it particularly if it helps them do a better job with the public. Because I really am a doctor others have used my credentials where I was presenting to profit from, which I also found offensive.
Mudra and I are on the same page when it comes to transparency and putting the data out there for those who are interested in pursuing it. Of course I also think college and higher education should be free too but I would totally restructure the entire educational system from kindergarten up teaching life skills like how to grow ones own food, build a chair, create beauty, build a cart, sanitation, etc. from the get go. In the US people graduate from high school and can't do a darn thing other then read, write and some basic math or the average student. They need to be learning how to live in the world around them where they could provide for themselves if the power grid went down. This is what I mean by life skills.
At this point in time I honestly thing one would be better off living in a third world country then a country dependent upon the grid. This is not to say I don't appreciate the grid and love it - this is to say many will be up the creek when the solar katrina hits where the grid will go down and won't have a clue as to how to take care of themselves. This is where my concern lies. And I have two children who have no clue how to take care of themselves because they are glued to a computer and refuse to learn life saving skills.
At least our home is filled with the Fox Fire books, gardening books and books that teach these skills when the need arises. I would love to send my daughter off to Tom Brown's scout training but she is too stubborn to leave home. It really is frustrating to know what needs to be done and have none-cooperative children who refuse to learn how to CYA with basic skills. At least she can boil water for her tea. (sigh)
Chimpsky, I understand exactly the point you are raising because it can be a bit daunting to jump in not knowing the background of members, or the topic, or subject matter. And even mudra was a bit overwhelmed by what Oxy brought to the table as he is quite brilliant in how he can step back and consider multiple points of view. I'm left sitting in the dust with shiloh's data yet with Brook's help and grocking some of it. Mudra brings a whole different perspective and lots of data that helps with one's inner spiritual growth.
Most of the posters are teachers/experts in their own right in their particular area of expertise. However, it is the collective that works best because this allows us to continue to grow and learn from one another.
For example, Oxy's posts triggers a different type of analytical thinking in order to respond to him. Shiloh's post require and lot of deep thought and taking tiny baby steps to get a sense of his level of understanding. Mudra's posts require one to enter into a meditative state, JT's and SiriArc's posts are inspirational. HigherLove provides us with data of what is happening around us. Mercuriel offers clarification on some of the deeper spiritual issues and the list goes on.
Everyone who shares helps everyone who reads understand a bit more of this information overload that we live in. We, or at least I am always learning something new everyday from those who post and I'm very grateful for this experience and to our members like Ashera, Beren, Blacklight43, Brook, burgundia, Calz_Avaretard, CetaceousOne, Chimpsky, devakas, dolphin, Emme, eMonkey, enemyofNWO, firefighterwolf, giovonni, greybeard, gscraig, HigherLove, investigator, Jenny, JesterTerrestrial, keith, Lad of the North, lawlessline, LeeEllisMusic, lilac, lindabaker, Lionhawk, LittleWorm, malletzky, MargueriteBee, Mercuriel, metaw3, Micjer, milkteagirl, mudra, Nazirite, orthodoxymoron, raregem, Raven, sabina, Sanicle, shiloh, solent, THEeXchanger to name a few. So I just want to say once again thank you to each of you for being here and thank you to those who bring something to the table (via your posts) to share with the rest of us. I very much appreciate your efforts and sharing.