This is a quote from an essay by Paul Graham called “You weren’t meant to have a Boss”. It is about the question of becoming a freelancer / startup founder or signing up at a company. Thereby he draws magnificent analogies to nature.
Lions in the wild seem about ten times more alive. They’re like different animals. I suspect that working for oneself feels better to humans in much the same way that living in the wild must feel better to a wide-ranging predator like a lion. Life in a zoo is easier, but it isn’t the life they were designed for.
Go, read it! Source: http://www.paulgraham.com/boss.html (2008)