And, from that perspective, systemd is something well overdo. Unix has many little languages to make simple things simple, and my impression of systemd is that it makes many more simple things simpler.
I love the power of shells, but I cannot endorse what standard linux startup scripts have become. They have always seemed to me to be a place ripe for the introduction of a little language, and I am shocked that it has taken so long! Now that someone has finally done so, and improved on system isolation and dependency management, without taking away the power of using a shell, I am delighted.
I feel that systemd embodies the unix philosophy way better than some tangled mess of shell scripts do (and way better than other startup systems on other OSes). I hope that Lennart continues to push solutions to fill the linux gaps that he sees, particularly the ones which the oldbeards can no longer see because they are so used to overlooking them. Thank you Lennart!