I agree, it's not accurate to tell people "programming is easy". Unlike a pilot's license though, there isn't any harm or danger coming from a higher number of people learning an introductory level of programming.
I'd love to hear more about the experiences of people who have invested real time and effort into learning (a bootcamp or something equivalent) and then decided it's not for them. What were the factors that made them reach that conclusion? That would help us understand what we should be saying instead of "programming is easy / anyone can do it".
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