Well. Vs goal to become a legend changed to "holy fuck I want to live" the moment dex shot V in the head....It's not artificial because it makes sense with the current theme of the game. Long and happy lives are out of the question if you are an edgerunner and want to become an NC Legend.
"NC Legends. Where do you find most of them? The graveyard"
Have you not payed attention during act 2?