Even though I couldn't appreciate Martha Beck's Expecting Adam for all her self-pitying or thousands of references to Harvard, she's got a good point. Once in answer to 'why are we here,' I said, "We are here to hug and purr and laugh and play with the people and animals we love!"
Which might hold some water.
Something else that rationalizes my rant against academia is that, for many people, humans learn, the way horses live to run, and that's something I have to accept. I want to help people do their thing; therefore, I have to be supportive of all the things (to an extent?) that fall under what humans do, the way horses live to run.