Nice cup of tea analogy, I like it. The tea is understanding and a little bit of sugar could be little bits of historical or other data. Too much and you've just got a load of syrup.
I wait for the day when more people realize true budo is love and then can relate Kokyu correctly.
The one thing that differentiates Aikido from the 'traditional' is that it is love based whilst the rest are fear based.
Thanks, Graham! I'm not sure about the rest all being fear based, but I agree the ideal budo is based in love. The "sugar" in the drink is whatever feels good or is attractive...and, good or bad, those things can be the hardest to look past. All we can do is our best to understand through mindful study.