Well I pretty much agree with your philosophy stated here - seems you had another post along the same lines?
How can you go beyond this perception, as you put it? I suppose its up to the individual - I think for many, Aikido will stay in its different factions. Perhaps the view your taking (which I tend to agree with) is a new slant, though the argument is that it is Aikido in its pure form.
Put simple, not sure everyone will ever come to the same agreement of what it is or isnt, but its nice to see others who think along the same lines.