One thing that may have prompted you to say that, would be making a pithy joke about "what is". I think it was Lenny Bruce ( not sure ) that said " 'What should be' is a dirty lie. 'What is' is all that counts." Probably the same sentiment, eh ?
I noticed that in ptgatsby's reply to my comments in the "ladies" thread, that he was telling me about "here's how the game works" in response to my posts, although acknowledging that it often didn't make sense.
I think that sometimes as we post away here in this virtual "meeting place" that we are asking for nuts and bolts advice on why or how to do something specific, etc., but other times we are asking our "fellow travelers" about what "should be". Why not indulge in that side now and then ? If we can speculate on alternatives to greed based systems etc. then why can't we do that ?
Sometimes while doing that we may even come up with new approaches or answers for others and ourselves. During a brainstorming session the first step is to put ideas on the table that might be apropos. The time to eliminate them ( for the time being, until they are resurrected again from the archive of ideas ) is not then, but later; and pursuant to a specific goal versus simply on a whim or personal touchstone.
Or we could try to get cosmic and look at this like an allegory or something. What would the bum symbolize ? The coffee ? Me ? The sidewalk ? etc.