In a sense it looks reminiscent of Reaktor and I'm wondering why this doesn't seem to be a more commonplace approach in this community. The approach revolving around higher level, modular, components.
I think when I first came across Max (probably a decade or so ago) it was easy to make comparisons to Reaktor and at the time I couldn't tell if it was technical differences that led to this lack of higher level parts in Max. However I understand very easily now that there are no technical issues, it's cultural or stylistic.
Why do you think that is? Is it something promoted from Cycling74? Is it an aspect of the community that just evolved over time? Do people just prefer to do things a certain way?
One comparison I think of is in the web development framework/CMS community. There are two different but almost similar tools of Wordpress and Drupal. Wordpress has plugins which are often out-of-the-box solutions that serve specific targeted needs. Drupal however revolves around modular tools called "modules" and the community doesn't have a history of providing tools that can function independently on their own. The issue is that the technologies behind both promote these different approaches. I'm not sure I understand what motivates the Max community though. Thoughts?