I suspect you're "relegated" to what you choose...or perhaps more to the point, to what you choose to do and be.
As a shoemaker, for instance, I have options--I can choose to use a Traditional clicking knife, with all the attendant hassle of learning to sharpen a knife properly and the incidental, and unending work to keep a near-as-nevermind perfect edge on it.
Or I can buy any number of variations of the exacto knife and use replaceable, disposable razor sharp blades.
From what is being said here, I know what the default choice would be and I accept that reality...although I consider it, again, wrong -headed and and ultimately, diminishing.
But for me, I also know that to go the easy, expedient way--to use disposable blades--I forego everything I can learn and all the skills I can develop simply by sharpening the Traditional clicker knife. When I hone a blade I also hone my skills...across the board
What I gain from sharpening a knife...perception, muscle tone, etc...applies not just to sharpening but to clicking itself--steadiness of hand, adjustment of angles, and so forth--as well as to the designing of patterns and assembly of components. Every aspect of my making is affected by that one choice to use a Traditional, hard to master tool rather than an easy, convenient, comfortable, disposable. No exceptions.
And to the further point, once a maker chooses the easy way, it is that much harder to go back to the more rigourous way. If we grow up in Nikes, IOW, it is nearly inconceivable that we will ever be comfortable in leather soled shoes. pB was making the same point in an earlier comment about men (not women) being desperate to take off their dress shoes.
I have no doubts that esp. in this day and age, given the choice, many would opt for a cushion insole or a crepe outsole. But all that means is that we are choosing self-indulgence as a way of life.
Every form of refuge has a price.
sorry for the accidental double post.