The biggest problem faced by anyone who tries to do trailblazing work is a lack of credibility. It’s not that people don’t believe you, it’s that they can’t figure out a way to trust information coming from just one source. One of the great things about our modern academic system is the way the new information can, in fact, be incorporated into the body of knowledge. On the other hand, one of the worst things about our modern academic system is that while it is possible to incorporate new knowledge, it isn’t nearly as easy as it should be. New ideas are scary. Even scientists recoil from brand new information as if it were the plague.
For me, delivering the “good news” of brushpainting is a challenge because I have to overcome the natural reluctance of any person to choose the idea with one supporter over the idea with millions of supporters. After all, we say to ourselves, if only ONE person likes it, is must have SOMETHING wrong with it. It just stands to reason.
But of course it doesn’t stand to reason at all. Just having a large number of supporters does not make something true, and merely having a single proponent does not make the ideas proposed by the single proponent any less credible. But it still feels awkward to actually put your money on the barrel head and pony up for a share in the brand new idea, because, well, it’s just risky and feels wrong, somehow.
After all, if I suddenly dropped dead tomorrow, anybody who was relying on me for brushpainting information would find that the line had gone dead, and no further information would be available. You hitch your wagon to a single, solitary star and that star may burn out and leave you holding a, um, star or something. Anyway you’ll be abandoned and no one else will step up to fill the gap.
This situation is very discouraging. By that I mean it tends to sap the enthusiasm of anyone promoting a lonely idea to a larger audience. The only thing more discouraging might be the avalanche of craziness that unfolds when, in our information age, a previously lonely idea suddenly goes viral and everybody claims to have known about it for years.
There is a lot of work to do. I have big plans. I want to produce some videos demonstrating my methods (this is a high priority). I want to continue to add to the knowledge base here, and possibly even develop that using a wiki format of some kind, although, even to me, that sounds a little too 1998. Whatever I do, I’ll need to keep on it day by day, because the airbrush army is out there, and they are working night and day promoting their agenda, and like good soldiers they don’t even know they have an agenda.