I heard someone ask an audience once
Would you rather spend a couple days on a cruise ship or on a battleship?
Would you rather spend a year on a cruise ship or on a battleship?
Presumably most people would rather spend a couple days as a passenger on a cruise ship rather than working on a battleship. But after a while, having no purpose and no responsibility becomes miserable. You can only play so much shuffleboard before you go out of your mind. (Relaxation can be its own purpose for a couple days, but not for a year.)
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