Whole Sort Of Genl Mish Mash
Youth is the only excuse for immaturity.
You just ruined my New Year, dude. Does this mean I can no longer say, "I'm very immature for my age" as though it is a virtue? Dang-it!
Watch the old-guy slurs, boy. Remember what the Bible says about sparing the rod?
I can certainly understand why you feel many of the threads about religion, philosophy, and speculative science are trivial. I can't speak for you (naturally), but I certainly recall my late teen years when it was the concrete and tangible that seemed to me to be of utmost importance. And more often then not, I ran with it.
As I grew older, and issues and decisions I was forced to make as a husband, father, and professional became more complicated, I had to decide not only what I was going to do, but also how I was going to do it. This required reflection and, on issues involving moral decisions (is doing something one way wrong and another way right), reflection on religious and philosophical issues became more important.
Questions like: When is it appropriate for me to lay aside process when critical decisions affecting people's lives need to be made? If I find a wallet in the grocery store with no ID and $1,000 in it, what should I do? If I discover that a coworker is taking money out of petty cash for personal use, what do I do (i.e., do I confront the employee first or report it to a supervisor)? When it comes to questions like these, discussions about God and moral philosophy are useful. Sometimes, upon reflection, our first answers to these questions are not the best answers.
And sometimes I get bothered by the course some of these threads take as well, but we are all at different places in wrestling with these issues and sometimes this fact warrants a little patience.