I see this philisophical debate pop up from time to time and I don't really understand it.
Some cruisers feel that racing and racers are reckless in navigation and seamanship, wears out gear and people quickly which adds danger, and they frankly don't understand why someone would want to work so hard during what they feel is supposed to be a relaxing vocation. Cruising is travel and exploration.
Conversely, some die-hard racers feel that cruisers don't learn critical seamanship skills that they might learn by being placed in stressful situations. They also feel that cruisers may be unnecessarily risk-averse, aimless wanderers with big, fat, slow boats that freak out if another sailor comes withing a half nautical mile of their vessel. Racing is a sport, sometimes a team sport, sometimes a solo sport.
These philosophies are not mutually exclusive, but they can be. This debate has no clear-cut answer. I feel that the OP is just trolling, looking for fellow cruisers to join the bash on racers.
If you don't like racing, then don't race. No need to hate on those who do. If you don't like cruising and comfy boats loaded up with furniture, dinghies on davits and jerry jugs on the rail, then let those who do, sail on peacefully.
If you're trying to figure out where I stand in the debate, I'm in the middle. I love racing and I feel that it has taught me critical skills, quickly. I enjoy being part of the team or leading the team if I'm racing my own boat.
But, I also love relaxing, travel and exploring. I enjoy cruising my little Coronado in the Bay to different towns and islands, with no agenda and not being on the clock.
I enjoy stripped-down, one-design, club racing on J-boats, and I also enjoy racing cruisers, loaded with furniture, comfy bunks, stoves, heads, booze and women.
If you want to limit yourself to one philosophy or mode of sailing, that's your business. I'm enjoying all