Just something that occurred to me moments ago…
To woo, fuck and procreate are some of the most quintessentially human traits. Yet many of our greatest philosophers, saints, and sages have been celibate and childless. Some of them, at least theoretically, by choice; others were clearly jerks (*cough* Nietzsche*cough*) who cloaked their relationship failures in a thin facade of high-mindedness.
Why, throughout history, has humanity placed such a high value on the insights of people who have essentially failed at being fully human? People who were in the process of being actively weeded out by evolution? Why do we take our morality from men who lacked a pragmatic sexual education? Philosophy from men who never managed a household?
Obviously there are plenty of exceptions, it's just strange that we view lifelong abstinance as some kind of badge of honor rather than a mark of dubious sanity and/or judgement.