So what's the deal? You have something against sophistry?
An interesting book I once read: Chess Master ... at Any Age. The hill is much tougher to climb at an advanced age, but not insurmountable, it would seem. However, I have pretty much given up and resigned myself to living in the valley as the sun sets in the west.
I find myself sliding down off the hill more and more of late...
Well, I, for one, certainly know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.