Btw, i thoroughly enjoyed this thread and your self back and forth bantering. Twas entertaining and amusing.
I'm not yet an accepted member of this exclusive club yet (doubt i will ever be), so to some extent, i understand where you are coming from. Plus i'm a little out there. Plus, i have a bit of a checkered past on another backpacking forum what with Kapok and Alpaca and a little too much enthusiasm and zealousness and all. I'm sure some of you have been pre-warned and forewarned, "Beware Liteman, beware (echo, echo, echo..)" Ok, maybe not, but i like the thought of such theoretical attention.
But, truth be told, i like this site and group infinitely more than that one. More free thinkers, more innovators, and more fearless folks here. Anyone with enough money and time on their hands can buy gear or prostitute themselves to a gear company for it, test gear out, and write up fancy professional sounding reports, and then seem all important, wise, learned, and earn and become overly attached to such status gained. It's easy, safe, and not challenging in the least bit.. (unless you're taking it to really extreme places, both more literally and figuratively)
Ah, but to dare to think outside the box, to question convention, to experiment, to be truly open mined even though you may fail or be wrong sometimes, to create, to imagine, that's where true growth will be sparked from and THEN eventually nurtured by the more conventional and fear filled types once it has caught on.
Fear and Love, not true opposites, but in a relative world, could almost be.