It’s clear to me now: Apple needs to make Shortcuts available everywhere. It’s the logical successor to Automator, and already does more than Automator—and better, too. Apple should hide Automator away somewhere for a while for compatibility reasons, but otherwise embrace Shortcuts on the Mac.
Seriously. Shortcuts is the only automation tool that really clicked for me. I use Automator and Alfred on the Mac, but mostly with automations that someone else built. And the ones I have built are pretty basic.