I appreciate the comment, the enthusiasm, & the logic. Perhaps the return pattern of 2022 will get some of the more vocal retirement pundits to highlight the constructive role of dividend income as opposed to expecting to harvest just capital gains and sell principal.
I suppose it depends on what you want. Traders and hedge fund will prefer the wild ride. Retirees investing through the stock market should, all other factors held equal, prefer the coupon-clipping, coupon-growing experience.