Accurate assessment I think.
Yes, we are motivated by our lust for the machine, but I think most of those who picked our hopes up of the ground have our expctations tempered by real world experience.
Scratching around on earth long enough to have had our hopes dashed repeatedly, or have our carefully laid plans go sideways - gives a perspective that you only get by crawling from that wreckage.
If one hasn’t been sufficiently indoctrinated, a harsh disappointment is a lesson that is tough to swallow, especially considering the instant gratification many expect nowadays.
There were a few who were forced to reexamine their position under pressure of finances, but parted with regret and extended best hopes and wishes for the rest of us.
Those of us that remain are firm believers in this project, and I think that is reflected in the substance of the forum - but it is the character of the members that makes this place the positive experience it is.
I echo your sentiments, glad to be a member.