Our support programs for people who “live in their heads” (intellectuals) is completely tied into self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency is the norm. Money. Money is a practical matter.
Practical comes first, then intellectual.
An impractical intellectual who isn’t supported by academia must start a business / get a job, to survive, otherwise, he/she may find him/herself ostracized.
The tide may be changing though. Internet culture. Gamer culture. So I have hope.
You can have practical without intellectual.
But there is little room for intellectual without practical.
There shouldn’t be but there is.
An American dichotomy:
GET YOUR DEGREE
LEARN A TRADE.