I think this is a great hobby and enjoy it immensely - however.... its a small community (probably 25,000 excluding high school participation nation-wide), its not understood by the general public, no "pro" makes a living doing this, our history is quickly distorted by newbies, there's limited loyalty, drug use and triple ply has distorted what little those outside of the sport understand of it, and, no one outside of a lifter himself cares what a person lifts.
It always amazes me when NASA is challenged as an organization. All NASA has done is treat every lifter exactly the same regardless of their lifting level. Why would any drug free lifter compete elsewhere? I do understand lifting in the USAPL for qualification to an IPF event... but how many have jumped the fence for the IPF?
MHO - egos get the best of folks and they believe this hobby of ours means two cents more than it really does.
I came across this Benjamin Franklin quote and thought of powerlifting.
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.