One’s words are not enough to gather the trust and belief of most people. That is perhaps what best describes why most people would want to stick to beliefs based on more than one claim. For example, stating a fact on current social trends according to the viewpoint of one person is not immediately concurred by another for the reason that he wants to gather further support and backup for the claim. Such facts may include as acknowledging that social networking is the new way of expanding ties or that online dating is the new way of hooking up. Taken as a whole, people only believe once they are proven.
Theories and claims are not always believable especially when they are fresh. Another aspect is the stature of the person, regardless if he has higher studies. Fame is the only thing that can make a simple statement reliable and for the unknown people, don’t expect to get immediate credit for anything. These are all common traits that we have garnered from society and it doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.
Take it from the early philosophers. Most of them in the early ages were perhaps laughed at for their claims. Not until their philosophical theories were ratified and proven were they acknowledged and we all know that when that time comes, they may have already passed away to stand tall for their claims. Philosophy does seem to be rewarding but only after some time. When they do, you can be assured that your name will be on everyone’s minds.