Scientists seemed to suffer from a constant need to reassure themselves about how exciting their research is. It’s worth doing because it’s EXCITING, it’s worth funding because it’s EXCITING, we can recruit new students by showing them how EXCITING everything we do is. If we say it enough it must be true!
Well it’s not. Science as a whole and viewed from afar has a lot of exciting stuff in it, but the nitty gritties of doing research is not exciting. Deal with it.