Re: They missed a trick
By making a solution that doesn't break things for users who don't require that.
*DING* *DING* *DING* *DING*
For my use-case (and yes, I'm aware that that my use-case might not be the same as others, but it's pretty standard - it's a headless server VM with a fixed, unchanging and non-dynamic hardware set), systemd introduces a whole set of cruft and services I DON'T NEED!
At least one of which means that I can't boot the VM in anything other than recovery mode.