You are hardly a plebe and not nearly as mindless as your last paragraph might indicate.

Not everyone can be, should be, or need be an academic and have huge amounts of spare time to do research. The point here is to challenge you to think harder. To consider more deeply. And to encourage your daughter to do the same.

Life is too precious to waste chasing fairy tales. If you are going to do something good ... do it and do it for the right reason. Because you've thought it out and made a conscious decision to do so.
DA Morgan