I used to be naive, too.Agreed. If you invite someone to join you on a trip to one of your favorite spots, you have the opportunity to instill respect and stewardship to them. I just wish this “gift” was given more often between respectful individuals.
I’ve known some people for years that still won’t reveal spots and won’t share with anyone else either. Mostly younger guys who want “their” lakes just for themselves and their crew. The older guys tend to be more open to sharing, perhaps because they realize that you can’t take your hidey holes with you when you die.
Personally I want the next generation of anglers to be invested in keeping fisheries pristine, caring about conservation, and respecting the entire ecosystem surrounding the riparian habitat. These are values that are best taught from one person to another. Now I’m rambling.