I know that this has so far seemed to be an off-topic ramble, but these principles also apply to martial arts. Some arts -- and some instructors -- will go for the external approach to generate the internal; some will go for the internal approach to generate the external. (And, as with the "be a tree" "method" teacher, there are some people around who are simply clueless.) I don't think either way is necessarily the "right" or "wrong" way. Who was a better actor, Olivier or Hoffman? I certainly wouldn't like to answer that question, and I don't think we have to, either in theater or in aikido.
Hello Marnen, well said - much better than my post certainly.
As for the 'never hire' thing; that was a fairly common statement when I was around the theater - it could just be a matter of time (this was in the late 70's early 80's) or location (Toronto). Whatever - I certainly heard it a lot.