Ok, you're an exception, as there always is. But you also admitted to being more experienced. My statement was w.r.t. the less experienced.I hear you, and your point is a fair one. I'm not challenging it at all. My take is this. If we define "pro" as a drummer who earns his or her entire living from playing, all that means to me is that he or she chose drumming as a full-time career, whereas I did not. Other drummers have no reason to feel inferior for selecting part-time status, semi-pro status, or however they wish to classify themselves. Some pro drummers are great players. Others are just average players who got REALLY lucky. I'm not intimidated or supplicated in the presence of either. The quality of an idea is independent of the person who expresses it. I concede to quality ideas, not to the rank of those who communicate those ideas.
I agree that less-experienced players shouldn't feel inferior, but the reality is they often do. Easier said than done.
I don't want to get into it with you too much CMJ. I value your contributions. Your word choice and logical reasoning has you as an English teacher or criminal attorney. Am I right? Anyway, would love to hear you play sometime!