While alternate conclusions are often simpler, they do not always describe the general case. I was speaking with a group of male friends recently, and they happily informed me that it is entirely possible for a man to have a completely blank mind. I was equally glad to inform them that the same is never true for a woman, whose brains are, by no fault of their own, consistently layered, like an onion. In short, as a woman, my default reaction was the deeper, more complicated case, while yours was indeed the simpler, more general case. Either way, I enjoy your work.
When the outcome is independent of the path taken, then the hard path must surely present no advantage. However, if the outcome is undefined by the beginning (or) the end, then the hard path poses invaluable opportunities for learning. After all, can there truly be any extraneous solutions to life?