As performers, do we, if under pressure in a short time period, choose overall spirit of the piece over technical cleanliness? do we choose to perform less often to a smaller well informed audience on more "appropriate" stages or do we choose to reach out to a less informed new audience with easier level pieces of music ? What were our goals when we went for that higher education degree? As teachers, do we, when students start to spend more time thinking about other activities or the opposite sex, choose to build a life-long music- lover over a future competition winner?
Ruth Chang believes in personal ultimate freedom, though her examples are for developed country audience, she is raising a good point.