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We are condensing blog posts from the old blog site here so we can discontinue the old blog site-


Boil it all down- copyright 2009 Robert Henry

Looks like a lot of folks are finally coming to the realization that they need to be part of a functioning survival group to make it long term. My only reply to this is simply "Hallelujah!" For years I've encountered resistance on many of the forums whenever I mentioned that an individual NEEDS a group of like minded folks they can depend on when the time comes.

Not going to preach a sermon on the need for groups, we have discussed that as well as how to form one, group dynamics, training issues, common problems, etc. in much detail in previous blog entries. If you missed those, you'll have to get the articles in hard copy from us.

In the past we have given a brief overview of some of the real problems you could face in a group atmosphere. Mainly these are "personal problems" from individual members that either are based on selfish motivations


I had a few people email me and wonder why I was so adamant about having people in a group that weren't chronic liars, cheats, etc.


It all boils down to this- can you WITHOUT ANY SHADOW OF A DOUBT, trust this person to keep you alive? Will they kill a bad guy to make sure you live? Of course this is a hard thing to test but Scripture points out that those people that are trustworthy in the little things are trustworthy in the big things also. If a person tells you they will help you move and then doesn't show up, your foolish to think that "when the time comes" they will suddenly be trustworthy. If they make up grand stories and lie to you about why they can't put in time training, working, etc. don't plan on them being there when the time comes.

It's all well and good to think of this thing of ours as a chance for socializing, to learn new skills, etc. However if that's all the further you plan on taking it, you need to be honest with others on that end. I've heard of quite a few folks that "join" groups just to get some free training and then make up grand stories why they can't come anymore when the free info spigot gets turned off. People's actions ALWAYS betray their real motives. "Man, I'll be there for you when something happens, I just can't drive 10 minutes to help you now."

Selfish people show themselves very quickly. Even if folks pretend to put up with your BS, they know it for what it is. The #1 trainer's rule is to NEVER teach someone everything you know, never. I would say the #2 rule is to never teach something you don't have a counter for. #3 would be never teach any advanced skills to someone you don't trust implicitly. Later as trust is developed you can take people further, but I would advise anyone not to "give" too much either in training, trust or talent for at least a year. They WILL show their true intentions within that first year as selfish people are very impatient by nature. At the end of that first year when they are already gone or showing their hand, you will thank yourself that you didn't spend too much time training them.

I've been told numerous times that I am "negative" about group dynamics at times. If I was truly negative I would say "don't bother with it cause most people are full of it yada yada yada." I am not "negative" but I am being REALISTIC when I tell you about potential problems and warn you not to take people you hardly know at face value. A smile, slap on the back and liberal use of the word "friend" does not a true friend make. RH
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  1. Rmplstlskn's Avatar
    An unstable man is blown to and fro with the wind...
  2. 610Alpha's Avatar
    we have discussed that as well as how to form one, group dynamics, training issues, common problems, etc. in much detail in previous blog entries. If you missed those, you'll have to get the articles in hard copy from us.
    Can you send me attachments for these articles? I wasn't around to benefit from these articles.

    Man that parable of talents has so many applications, it really came home for me when I went through FPU because it made me realize I wasn't being a very good manager of God's money. I am getting better
  3. Lowdown3's Avatar
    We'll be posting more of some of the old blog articles soon. All will be available later in printed version also.