The one thing I think is odd is the existence of a group of people that seems not to want to let on that any progress, at all, is possible for other individuals to accomplish.
Certainly, no one can assuredly predict the future’s events, legitimately; therefore, if you think about it, a person who doubts you, incessantly, either already knows that collusion is taking place, such to make it possible for other parties to succeed, or the person who doubts is merely projecting his or her own self-doubt, outwardly, based on his or her overwhelming self-doubt.
In reality, the person who experiences self-doubt of himself or herself, based on feelings of self-doubt that is caused by the success of another individual, needs to question his or her actions’, feelings’ or thoughts’ motives.
I think there is at least one other case that can exist. This is the potential, bizarre envy that another person or group of people has inside that makes another party experience inertia, even if he or she or they, truly wish to act. Anyway, there is a chance, if not a likelihood, that this person is a “nay-sayer”.
Only, if a person only thinks there is a true cause to compete, he or she, it seems to me, is only pretending to compete, with a non-existent competitor.
However, if people embrace the idea that the advancement of a cause or further development of a line of inquiry that will result in the betterment of the common good, the people will be neither on the wrong side of the argument or the right side of the argument, based on the fact that the argument will be able to be reckoned as insignifigant. Hay, hopefully, he or she won’t become ho(a)rse.