YOU NAILED IT. Math truly is difficult for most of the masses to understand and it requires a particularly canny type of person which most math people aren’t. They could probably be trained, though.
I’ve seen glimpses of what you speak of, and lived vicariously through the glories described by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku of whose work I’m a fan. But I don’t understand *why*, and some of what he writes goes over my head. Perhaps we need a better understanding of *why* math is so hard for many before we can teach it or even learn it.