I have an unprovable hypothesis and it goes something like this:
Gossip has had a very detrimental and limiting effect on what I have been able to do and can yet do in this lifetime. That gossip is generally unsubstantiated and is of an exaggerated nature. Some of it may border on made-up fantasy or unicorn-speak. Because people tend to get offended by me and I am not prone to sycophancy or brown-nosing, the nature of the gossip does not speak well of me. It is possible that some of this gossip is deliberately malicious. I am powerless to stop the proliferation of this gossip, so there is little or nothing I can do about it.
An unprovable hypothesis….