I also see perfectly what I was trying to make a radical break from and why, at a psychological level, it was virtually impossible to keep working in that field. Yes, in the best of all possible worlds one could have done it but it was far more realistic to switch. And what I considered wise was such a minor shift, really — one set of authors to another — and it was so very much wiser. But everyone said do not, you cannot, and they knew less than I but had more power than I, and this, again, is why I do not like academic advice.
And I suppose that the reason I do not like academic advice is that it is not a conversation, it is a set of exhortations and repetitions of general rules. I do not teach that way, I would not.