In medieval times, it was standard practice for a skilled laborer, such as a Master Mason or Master Blacksmith to take on even up to several apprentices. These positions were highly sought after and often even sold at great expense to wealthy merchants who wanted their child to have an industry upon which to build a life. The apprentices worked for their Master, receiving room and board but no pay (it was actually pretty normal for them to sleep in the shop, meaning they also acted as free security against theft). And, in return for this arrangement going on for several years, the apprentice would learn a skill that would provide a source of income for he and his family throughout his life.
In a world where a societal collapse has occurred, such as the one portrayed in this Doomer Fiction television program, this concept will again be important to re-institute. With formal modes of learning, such as college, etc., a thing of the past, there will need to be a formal arrangement adopted under which important skills can both be passed onto future generations as well as shared. Can you imagine having a community with only one doctor and then having that person die? Where would that leave you? Better that your doctor accept any nurses, EMTs, etc. that might already be members of your group and begin passing their skills on to ensure the health of the community. Such a concept would be applicable to any vocation deemed as a skilled labor position. I would even argue that, considering the importance of it in such a world, even farming and other large-scale gardening would represent a skill worthy of having an experienced person take on a couple of apprentices and begin to teach.
Another lesson this episode brings to the forefront is the idea that not everyone in your survival group or family is going to be what I would call a "runner and gunner." Don't get me wrong, I'm of the mind that everyone should be required to learn the basic skills necessary to defend themselves and others on at least a rudimentary scale. I can't imagine living in a TEOTWAWKI societal collapse world and not having every single person within your community practicing with firearms on a regular basis. However, there will undoubtedly be individuals in any group upon whom it would be unwise for you to depend in a typical soldier role. The trick will be to utilize whatever skills these individuals do possess, allowing them to contribute to the community you are building.
The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season [Blu-ray] --- [DVD]
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