Neps, I agree with you. I'm well aware my tone gets in my own way sometimes and I appreciate you helping me get back on course.
I'd like to concede and let whatever ideas I've presented mean whatever they mean to people, and take back the actual conclusion itself. Whether what I brought to the table leads people to that same conclusion or not isn't a big deal... the fact that they weighed it was enough for me.
I'd definitely like to know what books you'd recommend. They could be the same ones I would, but it sounds like you have more exposure so hopefully your list is much longer.