In his book, The War Of Art, Steven Pressfield says, "Call it overstatement but I'll say it anyway: it was easier for Hitler to start World War II than it was for him to face a blank square of canvas."
Hitler wanted to be a painter.
Do your art for the sake of attention and adoration and the blank canvas will drive you to destruction.
The blank canvas is your teacher. And your only one. Besides death.
Run away from the lessons of your one true teacher, seeking out charlatans who will sell you an image of having a place among the ranks at the expense of your soul, and you just might destroy the world.
You make the ranks every day you decide to face the blank canvas.