I don't expect responses on this thread, call it a rhetorical thread. But if people what to response go for!
With all the talk of Aikido is this or isn't that, or can't do this or that especially with the MMA crowd, and others Aikido who favor pre-war over post war Aikido. This isn't to get their goat or put a flame under their butts. But I thought that it is interesting that all the talk is about the validity and approach of the physical technique and not the mental disciple required by Aikido which imo is the most core element and is over the physical. You can't even really talk to deeply about physical technique unless mental and physical discipline is discussed properly. Just food for an errant thought.
I guess I agree with you in a sense that in order for you to appreciate Aikido you first need to get your head right with regards to martial philosophy. Otherwise, you end up frustrated.