There are the undeniable and readily accessible delights of escapism into scholarship, and science, and research and inquiry of all sorts. When 'reality' becomes too much to bear, what is wrong with retreating into an ivory tower? Who can rightfully begrude us our right to peace and quiet and happiness?
You say that there are more pressing concerns than the nature and extent of the influence of Avicenna on Aquinas' De Ente et Essentia? No doubt. But do you really believe that your becoming hot and bothered over these 'pressing concerns' will lead to any improvement? Are you sure about that? And isn't your political activism your mode of escape from something or other? I like peace and quiet; you like 'drama' and contention. To each his own.
Thus spoke the quietist.