Sometimes one of those idle Google searches sends you down a brief rabbit hole that's worthy of being written down. Looking up a misremembered quotation ("Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them") led to the discovery that the real quote is much better:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Chapter 1A (1854)
I don't know much about Thoreau, or even what a "transcendentalist" is, but a quick read about him and Walden (when I should have been writing) makes me want to learn more. Influenced by German idealism and the Romantic movement, he spent two years in a hut in the woods of New England in an attempt to "live deliberately". The result was Walden, a paean to the simple life, stripped of luxuries and sociability, the antithesis of the American Dream.
Odd, but somehow fitting given his emphasis on 'play' and the opportunity it affords to reflect, that they're now making a game of it.
And here it is. Interesting, huh?