posted on Oct, 7 2011 @ 06:27 PM
I'd probably be the guy that gathers up useful looking books and such and hides them away so that they aren't used as TP or kindling or whatever. It
would be hard to trust that all people would see the value in such things when they don't understand the subject matter. Some printed works would be
fiction (entertainment is still needed), but mostly I would be collecting works of knowledge. Textbooks, dictionaries, things relating to practice of
arts and sciences.
I know you're not a fan of paperwork. (Nor am I when it comes to many mundane tasks.) But there's still some need of literacy and accounting for
various things if a more advanced society is to be maintained. However, I'm not that interested in affairs of commerce and governance even though I
may provide historical record of such.
The thing is, I'd have to know what kind of group I'm dealing with. Zealots or fanatics, I'd move along and keep my knowledge and the whereabouts
of that makeshift library secret. But if the group seems open and progressive enough with allowances for individual freedom, then the community
library would get a boost and the guys which are tinkerers and tradesmen would have those resources to draw upon. (No point in "re-inventing the
wheel" if you can turn to page 17 and have the process spelled out for you by somebody who has done it before. Too many sciences are a lost art these
days, but having old books about them may be quite useful in a re-boot of civilization scenario. Even if you're good in a machine shop, tinkering
blindly with something like steam power can be a quick recipe for disaster. For those that do go about building - wouldn't you like to have old plans
from known working engines, metallurgy books and explanation of things like examination and chemical testing, a table of nominal wall thickness for
lines carrying high-pressure steam, formulas by the likes of Pascal or Bernoulli, or things like Mollier diagrams and such? If somebody could get that
info and maintain it, wouldn't that be useful?)
Although not a teacher by trade, at the beginning I'd probably offer some form of educational service in regards to literacy both in written word and
mathematics. That's how I'd get in to see if you're trustworthy for the rest. However, if you didn't want me I'd be more than happy to move
along. Hypothetically if you didn't know any of what I mentioned above, what would your take on a guy carrying a few educational books making a
teaching offer be?