This is a bit of a rehash from last week, but stick around and you might learn something.
I would invite you to listen to the interview with Brian Adey from the bushcrafter perspective on how the individual can be enhanced by the gear but also become a slave to it.
Over and over, they repeat the phrase, “Use your gear, but rely on your skills”. This is a very simple equation that I had been unfamiliar with but works on so many different levels. It is not binary. It does not take the purist extreme of using as little gear as possible whatever masochistic pursuit. It does not, as they so succinctly put it, claim that you can buy your way out of a skill.
Yes, being able to start a fire with a dead battery and a bubble gum wrapper is a cool parlor trick for the kids, but it is a whole lot easier just to carry a Bic lighter and a fire steel. What they offer is that if you have the knowledge, you do not need the stuff. Can you make a proper small fire on the fly? Guess what? You can ditch the $100+ Jetboil and the fuel canisters and opt for an ultralight canteen cup setup or firebox with your own fuel. Know how to pick a few common locks? Great! Toss that crowbar or chisel in your urban pack. Know how to reload? You already know the cost advantages in the long term.
Knots. They touched very briefly on knots. For the urban or rural group, learning a few simple knots can save you grief and lives. The military is not overly concerned with knots other than, as I understand it, in Ranger School and SERE. It is a crime it is not being pushed more but then we have gotten pretty far away from teaching any fieldcraft. In Air Assault School we had to be able to tie a swiss seat. Given some time, I could probably muddle my way through tying one again. Knots, like most everything else, is a perishable skill.
Knowledge weighs considerably less than stuff and it can only be taken away from you if you let it. I encourage you again to re-evaluate the piles of gear you accumulate and see what crutches you can eliminate through proper instruction and a few nights under the stars.