The British are supposed to be particularly averse to intellectuals a prejudice closely bound up with their dislike of foreigners. Indeed one important source of this Anglo-Saxon distaste for highbrows and eggheads was the French revolution which was seen as an attempt to reconstruct society on the basis of abstract rational principles.
You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot somebody's gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better.