Eben, the title of your thread is a very provocative one. At least, I hope so, you just wanted provocate. Otherwise I'd have to see it as "negative stigmatisation".
Its a real nonsense if one would do the false assumption, that "living on land" is the right form, and "living on sea/sailing offshore" only can be interprated as "running away from the right form of living". That would be very silly same saying: All who live on land are cowards fearing the sea to be drowned and eaten by sharks or monster wales like Mobby Dick.
Why is it not a "running away" ?
We know, that 20% of all humans have so called "adventure gene" = R7
(Rec.: The genetic variant is DRD4-7R. D4
is the Dopamine receptor.).
Watch this video and you see, that the fashion industries, e.g. producing sailing gears are analysing the motives of buyers, e.g. in cities who like to wear "clothes of adventurers".
Automotive industries like Landrover brand is analysing such sciences, too for understanding the "habit of being an adventurer"...
New Discovery Sport Adventure Gene Test by Land Rover
We should be clear, that by history
of seafarers it was not a running away.... sail ships had a function, e.g. exploring new land, transporting goods (e.g. spices delivered by the East Indian Company to the consumers in Europe), slavery ships (transporting human flesh as cheap
workers to the Carribean
plantages), exploring ships (e.g. nowadays seen in Arctic regions) and battle ships for conquering or defending territories.
Many of the seafarers we know from our ancestors havent become sailors by free will. E.g. people had been driven by hunger and lack of work
to take a ship for emigrating (e.g. the Irish arriving in New York
in the 19th century).
Many of the simple sailors of low ranks who had no school
education had been been shanghaied
in the 18th/19th century being made drunken in a harbour bar, knocked down and found themselves waking up on high seas being misused over years to work
on wale ships or war ships. - We all know that Seamanship isnt as romantic as "land rats" like to think.
Okeys.. now we live in 21st century. Times have changed. We live in luxury times nowadays to have sports sailing, yacht racing
and cruising yachts made cheaply of plastic (epoxy glas fibre), either as charter
boats or as living on a boat
owners... and some few made it having earned enough money
(on land) to buy a boat
and decided for the right job (as freelancer) to be free living very individually their own life style, e.g. working as software
developer or translators on their yachts using Internet
On my own I can say for my self that comparing a land based land with a living on a boat (I know both styles)... is has some (+) and (-), as every coin has two sides.
Living on board means you have your own cosmos, following your own rules of traditionally seamanship. Simple rules to follow... like using daily a check list what to do and all the "donts" you avoid for safetyness. But same on yachts one has lots of bureaucracy to get the permits for staying for some weeks or months in foreign countries. Not only funny
For me living on a boat is "simplyfing my life". I dont get stressed with the burdons I have on a ship... while the "modern life" on land is full of garbage wasting lots of time for nothing good you see everyday stupidity around, from violence (within families/partnerships and between nations) to destroying the environment
(e.g. using huge energy ressources for nothing good), modern slavery misusing cheap
workers, corruption and betraying. Being animated daily by advertising to buy this, to be that, to do this can get on one nerves as its just to consume steadily. Very boring.
But truthfully to say, there are good people living on land, too. Being in harmony, doing ecologically farming, living together in a community or own family
avoiding to produce lost
of waste and try to handle their energy ressources well balanced. There exist some few attractive life styles on land, too.
For me living on a boat is "slow down the speed". It trains own senses, it let you live the moment of now, not forgetting to do a well pre-planning (e.g. weather
routing) for own safetyness. But its not overcomplicated... all the parameters are given since long. And its not too difficult to handle them so long one got a good education in sailing, yachting and skippering.
Sailing can teach a lot, about yourself, same as you can do rock climbing to learn about yourself or free diving
with sharks, or playing GO (eldest strategic board game). There are many ways to find yourself, sailing is just one form. - It let you be close to mother nature.... which can give me energy back. Why should I waste my time in a gym while I can train my physically strength steadily during handling a yacht ?
I dont think, one should go sailing because the motive is "running away". It would be something like "hiding from yourself". Not very healthy I would say. One should decide actively for something and not against something.