"Introverts lead joyless* lives."
A while back there was a thread about what BPL members did for a living. As expected, the majority had task oriented jobs such as programmers, accountants, engineers, etc. Task oriented people tend to be introverts, but this is not universally true of course. This isn't a bad thing. Most gear lists I see include the "essentials." So this is a "preaching to the choir" type of thread. It is good to revisit the subject as many of us can get complacent over time, as has been pointed out.
I don't buy the "joy of helping others" as a backpacking goal or personal attribute. I am out there to HMOH, not to help others, teach others, introduce others to backpacking, spread the UL gospel, or enhance the common good of all who enter the wilderness. It is my responsibility to carry all necessary essentials to ensure I am safe. What others choose to do, or not do is none of my business. I will assist others who are in danger or hurt. If I meet someone on the trail I am not going to engage them to measure their level of preparedness. I am not going to talk to them unless they start a conversation, which I will cut short unless they need help. I go to the wilderness to enjoy solitude, not socialize with others. If I wanted to talk to a bunch of people I would go to Walmart. There are probably a lot of Walmart shoppers who need help too, so for those who want to help others, head on over there :)