You raise a lot of very interest points and I agree with a lot of them. Of course I don't share your views about some others; I'll try to discuss them later.
One of them is your disdain for philosophy. Have you hear about a guy named Socrates?
Well, he did three "tours of duty". Philosophers are not bunnies.
Yes I have, but don't get the time to study such people, most of it has been spent just surviving, keeping my family in the comfort they have become accustomed to. Maybe now I'm getting a wee bit older and maybe able to retire in 9 years time, only if!! I might have time to do it..... But please feel free to enlighten me.... everybody else is.....
PS Not the brother of Scrotum was he?