OK, so what is agreed is that most people today are not doing Ueshiba's aikido -
As far as what he was searching for, I do not think anyone can say for sure because people today are not doing what he was doing and we can't ask him for clarification - so all that leaves is speculation and entertaining discussions
Did I say that? No I didn't. For me all doing Aikido today are doing some of his Aikido. They should progress progress at their own pace and learn more and more. Hence it is a journey. Nowhere in my thinking or statements would I say people are not doing some part of his Aikido.
He said it one day in exhasperation to those particular people concerned at the time. I have said it to my students probably more than once to do with mine. What's the big significance?
He did say what he was searching for so it doesn't really need much speculation unless you don't believe him.