I never said anything about practising. I want my handicap to be lower, doesn't mean I particularly do anything about it. I wish I could make myself not care about it. I was disputing Phil's point where he generalised that people deliberately don't get it down so they can win more competitions. Of course it is easier to win the higher you are, that's just obvious.
If you dont do anything about it, then I'd say you arent that bothered about your handicap coming down.
You are correct, you didnt mention practising, but you did say "having a handicap as a visual marker of their ability makes them want to get it as low as they can". Natural ability will only get you so far, so in order for the handicap to come down, you would need to practice......even just a little bit.
Phil's point probably was too general, but there are definitely people who deliberately dont get their handicap down so that they can win more competitions.