With all due respect I would not call it a kink, or quirk.
The tuning of the guitar as is creates optimal opportunities for fingering of the chords and chord melodies that are frequently played on guitar. It may be somewhat historical but that doesn't mean it isn't functional. Things evolve to meet a need.
Today's guitarist is frequently more concerned with playing single note lines as fast as possible. Any alteration of the guitar that helps one achieve this goal is an "evolution". Historically the guitar was used as a multi voice instrument both in group setting and solo. Solo classical guitarists play all voices, Bass line, rhythm accompaniment, and melody or solo lines.
There are plenty of alternate tunings for the guitar but in my experience the standard tuning makes standard chord progressions very sensible and logical in terms of movement and ease of play while fingering melody notes on the top strings.
As a specific example, for the minor ii - V - i chord progression (E-7(b5) --> A7 --> D-7) All three of these chords have the exact same fingering (different inversions) at the 5th fret each covering four strings.
I've heard a lot of modern guitarists complain that they can't play a major bar chord starting on the D string because of the B string. In my opinion this is not a good reason to pick a tuning as you will not encounter consecutive major chords in 4ths in any key signature. The same analysis works for other common progressions.
To this end I might say that the choice of tuning should make your choice of musical playing style sensible. So tuning in all fourth might make sense for some tasks, open tuning makes sense for others. But I think standard tuning covers more bases. As I stated in the beginning things evolve for a reason. If the reason goes away, the need goes away, and it's time for more evolution.