Our disconnect stems from your tendency to define all things in terms of reference to other things, so that all things are patchwork reflections of an imagined past. I understand this is a postmodern way of thinking, and postmodernists surmise that all people really think this way, whether they know it or not. But it is far from a conclusive argument. The fact that something is referential says nothing about whether it has any 'good' or 'true' value itself. Even if the referenced things are bad, false, or poorly remembered, the current thing that is referencing them may still present an undiscovered absolute truth of some sort. I find that postmodern thinkers consistently make the error of assuming that because they have disproved a particular absolute truth, they have disproved the possibility of any absolute truth. So, the reason Thom Brown gets so much flack on this forum is not necessarily because we just don't see the light, that all things, including our own clothing choices, are merely referential. It might just be that some of us expect more of a rational justification for the things he's doing. Or you could say that some people choose not to dress like an essay.