Most of us take it as a given that doing what you love isn’t just fun, it’s important. But why? Is it a universal truth, or is it a uniquely human impulse? Does doing what you love make the world a better place, or are we just grasping at happiness for ourselves?

We put the question to renowned singer, songwriter, producer, and all-around thoughtful human being, Moby, in front of his pop-up house at LA’s famed Viper Room, and he ran with it in unexpected directions:

Good stuff, Moby. Clearly, there’s more than one approach to the question, so we asked our online community to fill in the blank with their answer.

The most popular answer on the Airbnb Facebook page put it rather bluntly:

It’s important to do what you love, because…

…one day you will be dead. – Jenny W.-T.

Well, that’s true. Others, however, managed to put a sunnier spin on it:

It’s important to do what you love, because…

…today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present. – Linda S.

…you will never work a day in your life. – William S.

…doing something lame to please everyone else is no way to live the only life you’ve got. – Ashlee T.

…it will never be a struggle to get up each day & you will be happy, regardless of what you earn! – Mark H.

…passion is what defines you, not the rest of the world’s thoughts. – Deeren N.

…the real world doesn’t give a $#!† about your happiness, so it’s important that you do. – Erika W.

…there’s a lot of Monday’s to survive if you don’t love what you do! – Maggie T.

But the world is a nuanced place, and sometimes love hurts:

It’s important to do what you love, because…

…playing golf everyday makes you miserable, yet happy. – Bruce W.

It might be time to pick up ping pong, Bruce, but cheers to you for chasing what you love.

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Franki Elliot (right) doing what she loves: writing live typewritten stories.
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Thanks to Moby, Viper Room, Sonos, and all of the local Los Angeles businesses that supported Airbnb’s Hello LA project, and provided us the opportunity to ask Moby interesting questions about the universe.