It seems to me to be fairly clearly implied throughout your post, but I think I misunderstood the particular sentence I quoted about "pesky words." I thought you were referring to "poor" comments being "so many pesky words," but now I realize that may have just been a humorous way to transition to the little "esteem for humanity" graph.
I still think, however, that you are unfairly downplaying (or perhaps merely underestimating) the negative aspects of abusive comments. For instance, in what might be considered your thesis paragraph, you say:
The emphasis, of course, is mine. "Noise" is the only negative aspect of comments that you explicitly acknowledge. I generally dislike the term "privilege" (and the related phrase "check your privilege") in this sort of context, but I can't shake the feeling that your stance on the "don't read the comments" issue is inextricably tied to your privileged position of being fortunate enough not to have to deal with the same level of vitriol that some other writers face.
I don't think I'm being disrespectful by pointing this out, so I'm not sure why you're referring me to the guidelines page.