I am a roadie, and spend 40 hrs a week at my shop selling, building bikes and talking cycling. I dislike MTB partly because I suck at it and partly because I see it as not matching my motivational purpose for riding, though on its own terms it's cool. Would not turn down a scandium frame, XTR equipped hardtail offered to me, for instance.
I love going out to turn off my thoughts in a meditative way. I focus on my pedaling the same way meditators focus on their breathing and I ride until I feel at peace or until the relentless prairie wind kicks my butt and I turn around.