I shudder to think that you may be more right than wrong.
I've spent 35 years learning my craft and I try to share what I know with novices through my website and, at the same time, trying to make a living applying what I've learned.
At this moment all has gone down the tubes - including 11 years of building the website.
Too bad I can't express myself as eloquently as you. Whenever I talk about the subject all I can say is: "Google, please take me out to dinner first before you do that to me again".