People actually follow the path of least resistance and frequently are not actually happy with their lives, but if they are confronted with the idea of having to make a choice whether to obey or disobey, I think frequently they’ll at least have an inner dialogue and maybe make the choice to do things the way they think they should be done rather the way they’re being told to do them.
This train of thought has led to all sorts of propaganda.
Vive le miracle créatif!
(And while I’m at it, long live people like Chesley Sullenberger the Third. Vive le miracle!)