Unlike many here (maybe even most), I've been doing little else for over forty years (thinking about shoemaking and its implications and the significance or the creative life, at least) .
Here's a thought...forty years in the making:
All this concern for the "masses"... it's misplaced.
First and foremost, it's just another word for "average," for dumbed-down so that no one can object. No complains, no disagreement. Just a near inaudible sussuration of content. No highs, no lows, no brilliance, no failures. But also no Mozarts, no Da Vincis, no Archimedes, no John Nelson Hefford.
And second, the masses will always take care of themselves. That's why they are the masses. No force in human history / experience carries more weight, exerts more influence than the masses. All human existence revolves around the masses.
Third, despite all that, it is not the masses that drive human evolution...genetic or social. It' s the "sports," the oddballs, the mutations, the thinkers-outside-the-box. Nature throws them up now and again to get the masses off their collective duffs.
The masses can take care of themselves. They are well represented.
The poor mutants are not...pitchforks not withstanding.
That's why this forum exists--to distinguish between to the mundane and the "examined (sic) life." To represent the "anti-masses"--refinement, achievement, excellence (if only of perception), in other words.
People coming to this forum and encountering this perspective for the first time are very often unable to grasp the fundamentals. They pine away for their Walmarts.
But they always have an opinion even in the absence of long-term consideration..
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Hmmm...funny that ideas from the left field that are eventually recognised as groundbreaking actually requires adoption by the masses. Would you like me to list down the plethora of left field ideas now consigned to the dustbin of history?
A word of advice- dont ever assume that your audience comprise of idiots whose opinions are unworthy. You have no idea who you are dealing with, and it is best not to make assumptions. Your perspective is unique, but it may be wise to consider things from multiple angles with multiple models. Otherwise one ends up with man with a hammer syndrome, where every problem is a nail.