No, its about being protective and afraid to jump into a situation that is not totally in your control.
It is perfectly understandable in a situation where players have invested years into their alter egos and they do not want to risk a chance of losing control of the story that they have been weaving around their characters.
It is also perfectly understandable that a roleplaying organization like Praetoria Imperialis Excubitoris that has a reputation to uphold will not take part in such 'flights of fancy' for similar reasons. Loss of face for an organization in the world of New Eden is probably one of the most efficient tools of damaging an organization and taking risks with something as important as that is not a viable option.
I am not taking a stab here towards PIE nor its pilots here, it just the way things are.
There are a few pilots from PIE that have taken the dive out of their familiar surroundings and let their story unfold in scary and unpredictable ways.
Konstantin Mort springs to mind as first and foremost example of such a pilot and his story has spanned across the EVE cluster in quite amazing twists and turns.
It is just a different way of doing things.
Courses for horses I guess.