What have you been eating for breakfast, Chad? Where exactly did I say that I thought my pack weight deserved respect? You've got it exactly backwards. The premise of this site is that going light helps us to enjoy the outdoors.
I just think there's a faintly bullying tone to the original quote, with its subliminal message "buy an Absaroka to prove you're not a gram weenie."
Personally, I wouldn't buy one because I don't want to carry an extra 26 oz for no benefit--right now I use a much larger capacity, much lighter pack- a Z pack Blast 32- with which I can be out for 8 days without resupply (assuming no bear canister, but an Ursack.) And if I have to replace it every 2000 miles, am happy to do so. That's about .10/mile.
But if someone else wants a bulletproof pack that carries comfortably, for high weight loads, the Absaroka might be fine. But don't buy one to prove you're not a spreadsheet warrior.