I could never understand how academics could get lifetime positions at universities doing what they do - not exactly the kind of work that provides value in a fast paced world. It just seems that getting a degree in philosophy or literature is like getting a degree is making buggy whips. It's so weird. Does anyone stll believe that reading To Kill a Mockingbird is a relevant exercise in the world we live in when we have enough real world examples of social issues? Indulging in classic literature has been mostly a waste of time for at least 15 years. If you want to do it for personal development, go for it. Professionally? C'mon.
And what kind of work does "provide value in a fast paced world? Are you saying you are solely qualified to answer that question? How arrogant must you be to think you have the whole world figured out and can decide for the rest of civilization that academia does not provide the kind of value that meets your satisfaction?
Go suck a buggy whip.